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How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc

How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
One of my favourite “how to write” books is Nigel Watts’ Writing A Novel and Getting Published. My battered, torn and heavily-pencil-marked copy is a testament to how useful I’ve found it over the years.

Via Sarah McElrath, Jim Lerman
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I never get tired of looking at plotting and it's always good to discover a new 'how to book' even if you can just glean a little of the information. The eight point arc will keep you grounded.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 26, 2014 2:03 PM

Nigel Watts' 8 point story arc as a way to structure a story.

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Does Internet Dopamine Stop You from #Reading #Books?

Does Internet Dopamine Stop You from #Reading #Books? | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Where do you get your nightly dose of dopamine? No, let me put that a different way... What is your preferred visual stimulation of choice before you go to sleep? Watching a movie, the TV, going on...
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How does the internet effect your reading habits? 

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Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free - Make: ~ by Agnes Niewiadomski

Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free - Make: ~ by Agnes Niewiadomski | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

"Think your handwriting is pretty neat? Well here’s your chance to share it with the world by turning it into a font, and it gets better, it’s free to do thanks to the good people at MyScriptFont.com The process is quite simple, though you will need access to a printer and flatbed scanner."


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Not sure my handwriting deserves a font , but I love the concept.

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9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

T.H.E. Journal asked educators for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The tools and apps we found turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers with each tool bringing its own powerful mechanism for transforming the traditional narrative--both inside and outside the classroom...


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while I haven't tried these apps, it's a great selection of giving your novel am visual summary.  Anything to breathe some life into that synopsis eh? I'll def. Be checking the, out

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Laura Kamis Wrang's curator insight, September 4, 2014 5:48 AM

TIME is of the essence opportunies to create and recreate are all over the place!!!

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 7:19 PM

Lots of new tools to play with!

Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 6, 6:28 AM

Lucky IT students of today ~

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Agatha Christie fan letters published to mark author's 125th anniversary

Agatha Christie fan letters published to mark author's 125th anniversary | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
“Crime writer corresponded with many fans during her career and collected both their letters and her reply”
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Stuck? Four Fab Ways To Find Your Story

Stuck? Four Fab Ways To Find Your Story | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
In the beginning, finding good stories is difficult. If only because your brain keeps saying, “I can’t tell stories.” or “I’m not a storyteller.” Trust me; if you are breathing you tell stories. Th...

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Always good to have new ways to jumpstart your work

 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 16, 1:51 PM

Colleague Annette Simmons, author of several ground breaking books on business storytelling, has written this terrific post helping anyone get unstuck about their stories.


This article goes hand-in-hand with another post I curated last week from colleague Shawn Callahan on spotting stories.


What I love about this post is how Simmons starts off -- with the hidden fear we all have about storytelling. She then gives clear directions for finding your stories that will get you over that hump.


Hey, even I freeze up when someone out of the blue asks, "So tell me one of your stories". I like all of Simmon's 4 buckets and use them to break up that frozen place I sometimes find myself in.


Enjoy this post and get story-ing!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it


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Rejection letters sent to famous people

Rejection letters sent to famous people | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
We can take consolation in the fact that some of the most successful stars have received rejection letters. From Madonna to Tim Burton, here are ten rejection letters that will, in fact, comfort you.
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At least we're not alone!!

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Use this trick to follow your favorite LinkedIn authors on Feedly

Use this trick to follow your favorite LinkedIn authors on Feedly | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
As you know, I write for several blogs and LinkedIn on top of Social Media Slant. So, to make things as easy as possible for my readers, I combined all the feeds into a unique one. Subscribers get all my latest articles in their inboxes directly from one source! Yes, you read it right. My LinkedIn articles are there.
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Great way of rounding up favourite authors and bloggers you know on LI

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The official social media checklist (Infographic)

The official social media checklist (Infographic) | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

"I have signed up for social media accounts. Now, what do I do?" I hear this question all the time. The answer is and always will be: strategy.

 

I came across a neat infographic that will help you organize yourself better. It includes a series of tips on how to optimize content for specific platforms. 

 

See it at http://socialmediaslant.com/official-social-media-checklist-infographic/

 

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Cendrine Marrouat


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Learn from the best!

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The Scientifically Proven Best Time to Think and Write Creatively

The Scientifically Proven Best Time to Think and Write Creatively | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Do you know when the best time to write is? Is it morning, afternoon, or evening? Just like you, I was curious, so I decided to do a bit of research. The ans

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Great to know what our peak times ties are, and make the most of our creativity
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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 121, Margaret Atwood

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 121, Margaret Atwood | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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Fantastic! Another interview with Margaret Atwood.

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P.D. James - A #Writing Life of Crime

P.D. James - A #Writing Life of Crime | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
This is my last post for 2014, and in looking back over the year I wanted to remember one of the writers who died this year, British crime writer P.D. James. She was 94 yrs old. Phyllis Dorothy Jam...
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P.D.James developed her character Dalgleish from her years working in the Home Office

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Which Writer's Letters Are Most Worth Reading? - New York Times

Which Writer's Letters Are Most Worth Reading? - New York Times | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Dana Stevens on Emily Dickinson’s letters to “Master,” and Francine Prose on Kafka’s letters to Felice.
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Francine Prose is one of my favourite writers of books about writing.

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Can We Compare Steinbeck's East of Eden to Breaking Bad?

Can We Compare Steinbeck's East of Eden to Breaking Bad? | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Trailer of Steinbeck's East Of Eden “I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer -- and what trees an...
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Trailers are a powerful way to explore the senses of your audience. But Breaking Bad as a comedy? How does it Compare to Steinbeck's East of Eden trailer?

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Word Cloud Generator

Word Cloud Generator | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Generate word clouds from text or URL.


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Word clouds are useful in all kinds of ways for writers to look at repetition, as well as for use in the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 15, 11:48 AM

Nice word cloud generator. I know! But can you really ever have too many??

suzanne mcmahan's curator insight, March 16, 9:14 AM

It doesn't get any easier than this!

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 16, 6:52 PM

Word Generators are great ways to get students to think about the associations between words and concepts. 

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How To Create A Perfect Tweet [INFOGRAPHIC]

How To Create A Perfect Tweet [INFOGRAPHIC] | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Much has been written about how to write the perfect tweet, from what link shortener to use to how many characters to leave room for retweets.
Now the folks at Neomobile have tried their hand at creating a guide to composing the perfect tweet.

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Pyramid Point Acct.'s curator insight, March 9, 8:44 AM

how to write a best tweet....

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 13, 7:58 AM

Great Brian Yanish share (as always).

Tamasa Nelson's curator insight, March 16, 10:49 PM

Info graphics are a great way to assemble and distribute information, especially data in one document. Teachers can request their students to compile data and create a visual to share quantifiable information.

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Rebecca Whitney: The Liar's Chair & Traditional Publishing

Rebecca Whitney: The Liar's Chair & Traditional Publishing | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Author interview: Rebecca Whitney Readers are being treated this winter to a new wave of thrillers coming mostly from the UK. One of these exciting new writers is Rebecca Whitney, whose debut novel...
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Great insight into a traditionally published authors process

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Reading Addicts

Reading Addicts | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Reading Addicts is an online hub for book and literature lovers, featuring book reviews, authors, publishers, reading resources, libraries and book clubs.
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Good to have another option to Goodreads

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Can you spell better than the internet?

Can you spell better than the internet? | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
An exciting quiz for your delight: Can you spell better than the internet?
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I used to love spelling tests as a child as I was good at them. But this one ?.....I'll give it a try.

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The Firefall: Yosemite Waterfall Glows Brilliant Orange and Red in Late February [PHOTOS]

The Firefall: Yosemite Waterfall Glows Brilliant Orange and Red in Late February [PHOTOS] | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Around the second week of February, the spectacular phenomenon of Firefall happens at the edge of a cliff in Yosemite National Park. It occurs when the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at the perfect angle, making the top of the waterfall glow bright orange and red. Thousands of people flock to... https://magazine.dashburst.com/pic/firefall-yosemite-waterfall-glows-photos/


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Stunning colors and places are always an inspiration.

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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez

 

"There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight.

"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."


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Sounds like a great resource of where to get out your work.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:27 PM

The ability to "publish" can have a great impact on the quality of work turned in by students.

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The ability to publish can have a significant impact on the quality of student work.

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At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?

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Always good to see a woman persevering in a male dominated field and especially in such a young workforce at age 90!! What an inspiration.

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Alice K. Turner, fiction editor at Playboy magazine for two decades, dies

Alice K. Turner, fiction editor at Playboy magazine for two decades, dies | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Ms. Turner cultivated new writers and nurtured established ones during her two decades at the magazine.

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Ms.Turner must have had a tough time being women fiction editor back in the day at Playboy.

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Margaret #Atwood #Writing New Beginnings

Margaret #Atwood #Writing New Beginnings | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but one resolution I do have is that I want to make time for new writing. And by that, I don't mean editing or revising, but new fiction. To...
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Come and enjoy new beginnings.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."


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You have to be true to your work, and the reader you have in mind.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 6, 2014 4:07 PM

While this is geared towards writing fiction, there are elements that could be applicable to non-fiction as well. The bottom line is that any writer must always, always, always consider the audience.

Cheryl Frose's curator insight, December 9, 2014 12:04 PM

Watch the short (1:29 ) video of the author himself or read the tips...

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NPR's Book Concierge

NPR's Book Concierge | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Visit the #bookconcierge, NPR’s guide to 2014's great reads. http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2014/
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A reliable source for finding a good new book

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