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Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction

Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction | AdLit | Scoop.it
Writing flashbacks badly can stunt the flow of your story, lose a reader’s interest, create confusion and ruin your book. Here's how to write them well.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 30, 2017 12:53 PM
If you write stories and use flashbacks to explain things, this article is a must read for you. The explanation and examples given are excellent, and will give you a clear picture of why and how flashbacks can be used correctly.

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27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity

27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity | AdLit | Scoop.it
Want to write better content? Learn how to improve your writing skills by practicing each of these 27 mini-skills for writers.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 2, 2017 9:33 PM
Henneke has penned such a creative post, and with all her analogies using food, your mouth will be salivating!

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“Writer’s Block” Is a Lie—And It’s Ruining Your Writing: The Write Practice

“Writer’s Block” Is a Lie—And It’s Ruining Your Writing: The Write Practice | AdLit | Scoop.it
Writer's block is the self-inflicted phenomenon of making choices that frequently lead to failure. And when you recognize that, you can beat it.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 27, 2016 1:48 AM
I love this post because of actionable steps the author gives in unblocking most common stubborn story spots—the start—or the middle. He suggests writer's block is just a series of excuses not to get the work done. I agree, but how to get it done if you are just plain stuck? Read on, and write on!

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Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/writers-block-lie/
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Teaching with graphic novels | Edudemic

Teaching with graphic novels | Edudemic | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading ..."


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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | AdLit | Scoop.it
"Stories ... are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance."

Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut b

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, June 22, 2015 8:00 AM

Moving accounts of how stories enrich and shape our lives, through good times and bad.

Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2016 2:26 PM

To share when discussing fiction... traditional literature... writing fiction.

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Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com

Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
In 2011, then Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats, tweeted 22 rules of storytelling. Artist Dino Ignacio then turned them into image macros.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 21, 2016 11:36 AM
You may have already seen these rules of storytelling, but they are worth a refresher. Plus, now they've been married to some beautiful images from beloved Pixar films. My brain loves these visuals. Enjoy!

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Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom

Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom | AdLit | Scoop.it

Storytelling in the classroom can be a powerful way to support literacy. Children can be so absorbed in the tale, they are inspired to retell what they’ve heard to others, motivated to read it for themselves and encouraged to take it further and write their own parts or versions.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 9, 2016 4:11 AM

Some nice tips and ideas.

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The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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The basic building blocks of storytelling. Which elements will you recognize?

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A New Method and Tool to Create Storyboards

A New Method and Tool to Create Storyboards | AdLit | Scoop.it
"Scenes" is a tool and a method that was created to empower business leaders and professionals of all industries to shape their ideas and scenarios in the form of fun illustrative storyboards without the need of refined drawing skills. Learn how you can use it.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 16, 2016 8:52 AM

Cool for collaborative story planning and designing.

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else | AdLit | Scoop.it

"In the first of a three-part series, author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling—not just escapism, stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking."


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Penelope's curator insight, January 28, 2016 2:40 PM

 

Coke gets it! They are master storytellers as well as syrupy drink makers. Take a peek at a Coke commercial and ask yourself, "What makes this work so well?" Then take the lessons and transfer them to your own stories.

 

 

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Link to the original article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3020044/the-science-of-storytelling-how-narrative-cuts-through-distraction

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Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing (@rbyrne)

Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing (@rbyrne) | AdLit | Scoop.it

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MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages

Getting your kids into comic strips is easy. Just pick up a newspaper or visit a comic strip website likegocomics.com. Then, you can extend the educational value by helping them create a strip of their own. Some kids need only a blank piece of paper and pencil to churn out box after box. For those who need a prompt, you can enjoy the fun of creating one together. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Try these ideas:

Draw a row of story boxes or print one from the Internet— try printablepaper.net. A few large boxes is best at first. Your child can work up to a grid when s»he’s ready for a longer sequence.Brainstorm with your young cartoonist. Will the characters be humans or animals? What emotions might they display—happiness, sadness, anger? Where does the story take place?Think about real-life situations to depict, such as a joke Dad told yesterday or a wacky thing that happened on the way to school. Move on to fantasy if your child wishes.You can either draw by hand or use a free online comic strip generator (like my site,makebeliefscomix.com). http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-child/how-comic-strips-help-kids-learn-to-read-and-learn?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferb0b31&utm_medium=linkedin#!


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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] Writing Rightly

SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] Writing Rightly | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Mary Westcott's curator insight, March 1, 2016 10:14 AM

Maybe a tad too complex for our young students, but still a nice way of understanding the foundations of storytelling!!

Marisa d's curator insight, March 11, 2016 12:22 AM

Maybe a tad too complex for our young students, but still a nice way of understanding the foundations of storytelling!!

Salena Argar's curator insight, May 17, 2017 6:31 AM
Seven steps to the perfect story is a great visual representation of how to build a story. This clearly explains the process of how students can construct their narrative and the types of characters they will use. I would definitely use this in my classroom to help students understand the process of creating a narrative.
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"Third Person Point of View in Fiction and Novel Writing" | The Algonkian Author Salon - A Project Source for Agents and Publishers

"Third Person Point of View in Fiction and Novel Writing" | The Algonkian Author Salon - A Project Source for Agents and Publishers | AdLit | Scoop.it
Third Person Point of View in Fiction and Novel Writing, authored by Michael Neff

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, October 19, 2017 6:20 PM
Great, comprehensive article on the significance and use of Third Person Point of View and it's variations by Algonkian Director Michael Neff. Get down with those acronyms!
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The Art of Storytelling - Pixar in a Box Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne 

The Art of Storytelling - Pixar in a Box Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne  | AdLit | Scoop.it
The Art of Storytelling is a section of Pixar in a Box that teaches students about four elements universal to good storytelling. The Art of Storytelling is comprised of six instructional videos and four lesson activities for students. The videos and activities can be shared through Google Classroom

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6 Great TED Talks Explaining The Art of Storytelling

6 Great TED Talks Explaining The Art of Storytelling | AdLit | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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The best new way to read? Novels told through text messages

The best new way to read? Novels told through text messages | AdLit | Scoop.it

"A glimpse into how technology, once again, is giving birth to new literary forms ..."


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We Learn Through Stories

Slides to support a workshop at the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, MA. 15 July 2015. How can we make learning sticky using powerful storyt…

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 15, 2015 3:53 PM

#Storytelling #STEM #STEAM #Learning

Hanne Alsen's curator insight, August 17, 2015 5:52 AM

Make it personal - tell your story - make it matter

Carlos Silva's curator insight, October 25, 2015 10:07 AM

añada su visión ...

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5 Ways to Start Your Memoir on the Right Foot | WritersDigest.com

5 Ways to Start Your Memoir on the Right Foot | WritersDigest.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
It’s often said that there are a million ways to tell a story—and thus a million ways to start one. So how do you generate a good starting idea? First, you need to be aware of your choices. by Steve Zousmer

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, July 4, 2016 12:44 AM
An oldie but goodie, by Steve Zousmer, published in 2009 (the year I started tweeting), and still as valuable as back then; how to grab your reader right off the bat. Bet you can use that one memoirist! 
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The Science of the Story

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, June 10, 2016 1:01 AM

 

Jeremy Adam Smith:  "We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why."

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4 Steps to Read Like a Writer - The Write Practice

4 Steps to Read Like a Writer - The Write Practice | AdLit | Scoop.it
When we read, we change our world, and we write because on some level, we want to do the same for others. Do you want to write something that affects others the way you were affected? Then you have to learn to read like a writer—with your brain turned on.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 25, 2016 5:25 PM

 

Read like a writer if you want to learn and grow and find what engages an audience. Use the little post-it notes, as the author suggests, to mark parts of the book that speak to you.

 

Ask three questions as you read: What was Powerful? Why was it Powerful? How did it achieve that Power?

 

Was it dialogue? Character? Or something else? Doing this will help improve your skills and find the elusive voice.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/read-like-writer/

Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:22 AM

 

Read like a writer if you want to learn and grow and find what engages an audience. Use the little post-it notes, as the author suggests, to mark parts of the book that speak to you.

 

Ask three questions as you read: What was Powerful? Why was it Powerful? How did it achieve that Power?

 

Was it dialogue? Character? Or something else? Doing this will help improve your skills and find the elusive voice.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/read-like-writer/

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The rise of the short story - The Star Tribune

The rise of the short story - The Star Tribune | AdLit | Scoop.it
Baxter, professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota and winner of the prestigious Rea Award for the short story, said that short stories differ from novels in more than just length. “The intensity level is higher. These landscapes are more like ones lit by lightning than by candles or incandescent lamps.”

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Penelope's curator insight, February 17, 2016 7:58 PM

 

I'm not surprised about the popularity of the short story. Attention spans in this culture are nil, and a tiny, compact story is about all people feel they can fit into their schedules. This is good news for writers, too. Short stories can be fun to compose, and to make them truly digestable, it takes quite a bit of skillful editing.

 

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 Link to the original article: http://www.startribune.com/the-rise-of-the-short-story/363868601/

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Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout

Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Once Upon a Time - The power of digital storytelling

Slides to support an interactive webinar on digital storytelling for school leaders as part of the Ontario School and System Leaders EdTech Massive Open Online…

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Sayed Saber Ali's curator insight, June 19, 2014 10:09 AM
Yes, I tried different tools like Voki and Tellagami and they were effective.
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What Fairy Tales Really Mean

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It’s a literary rite of passage. You finally pick up a copy of the original, unabridged Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And you’re horrified.     Cinderella’s stepmother orders one daughter to cut o...

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 24, 2013 9:37 AM

Fairy tales are violent and inappropriate for our kids (at least the old versions are)--prove otherwise. You need to find the stories themselves to support these story summaries though. I don't know if we can easily find them online. The reference sources are included in the webpage though. Could make for an interesting discussion in faculty meetings.