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All about fun, imaginative learning and training.
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Writing a Video Script, Hollywood-Style

Writing a Video Script, Hollywood-Style | Serious Play | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that we’re big proponents of writing a script for every video you produce, whether it’s a 30-second company culture video, or a detailed product update that takes weeks of pre-production planning. Inspiration for your next video can come from pretty much anywhere, from a stylish commercial you catch while flipping channels, to something you see on the sidewalk, or even our Video Inspiration Gallery. But have you ever thought of reading a script from one of your favorite movies to get inspired?how Hollywood screenwriting pros use sharp, precise writing to help guide the shooting process.

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Creative Writing Tools | creative writing blog

Creative Writing Tools | creative writing blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This is a list of creative writing and self-publishing tools, apps and websites + a few extra that I thought would help! Online Writing Environments 750words – a simple site to keep up a private diary or daily writing practice. You can earn badges and get some neat metrics after you complete your writing. Google Docs – I wrote…
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Penelope's curator insight, June 22, 2017 2:41 PM
A veritable treasure trove of advice and links for writers. Keep this in your toolbox!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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How to Tell Your Story

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A five-step guide for how to build and develop a compelling narrative, that can be adapted to your preferred storytelling medium.
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Start writing. Do it now. Don't stop until the end. Edit later.
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Poetry Writing Made Fun: 10 Cool Teaching Ideas

Poetry Writing Made Fun: 10 Cool Teaching Ideas | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Cheryl Mizerny shares 10 poetry activities her students enjoy and that have enabled them to read and write poems without dreading the annual “poetry unit.”
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Rewriting wellbeing: A creative addition to your wellbeing strategy

Rewriting wellbeing: A creative addition to your wellbeing strategy | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Already well established in the States, writing for wellbeing is slowly garnering popularity in the UK. An increasing body of research has demonstrated the power of words upon wellbeing (and no, that doesn’t include the report you’ve just written that is sitting on your desk). We’re talking creative, expressive writing rather than the perfunctory facts and figures kind.
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3 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling

3 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling | Serious Play | Scoop.it
My high school creative writing teacher had the best definition of story that I’ve ever seen.

A story is interesting people, solving interesting problems, in interesting ways.

The genius is in its simplicity. Interesting is subjective and open to so many possibilities, which allows for everyone to approach it in their own creative way. But the core idea is solid. People solving problems. At the heart of every story is a problem to be solved (the conflict).

To improve our storytelling skills, all we have to do it focus on the three things that make a story a story.
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This Is How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets

This Is How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learn how to improve your writing with tips from Stephen King, David Mamet, Steven Pinker, and other pros.
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21 Types Of Content Your Readers Crave [Chart]

21 Types Of Content Your Readers Crave [Chart] | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If you want to optimize the effectiveness of your content, check out this list with the 21 types of content your reader (and probably you) craves.
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Powerful Storytelling Tips to Boost your Content Marketing

Powerful Storytelling Tips to Boost your Content Marketing | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Telling stories is a powerful way to communicate. In today's information-dense world, stories are the difference between being remembered or forgotten.
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How To Use Photographs As Prompts for Writing Life Stories

How To Use Photographs As Prompts for Writing Life Stories | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when you actually attach words to a picture it gains even greater value. Photographs jog our memories, and as such make excellent prompts for writing short life stories, or as I call them, vignettes. Here are easy tips to get you started writing about your photographs and memories. By elucidating the stories associated with your family pictures, you leave a visual AND narrative history to your children, a gift from the past for the future.

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6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form

6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Moth storytelling champ Margot Leitman has been hired by Facebook and others to help them learn how to spin a yarn. These are her rules.
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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

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Through transmediation (or observation, analysis, and creation), students can use the experience of studying a piece of visual art as a creative writing prompt.
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Shannon's curator insight, April 12, 2016 11:23 PM
A wonderful resource on ways to scaffold interpretation of art for students to create their own writing piece.
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How to Create Better Content Than Your Competitors [Infographic]

How to Create Better Content Than Your Competitors [Infographic] | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Discover some helpful little tweaks you can make to your content to give it that extra edge.
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How to Write Your Best Story Ever With One Epic Exercise

How to Write Your Best Story Ever With One Epic Exercise | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learn this simple, long-forgotten writing exercise that will completely transform your stories.
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Boring Tips? Try This Storytelling Format to Spruce Up Drab Writing

Boring Tips? Try This Storytelling Format to Spruce Up Drab Writing | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Want to turn a boring series of tips into a gripping story? Use this 3 step format to write a narrative essay to engage and persuade your readers.
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How to Write a Short Story: 10 Steps | Now Novel

How to Write a Short Story: 10 Steps | Now Novel | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learn how to write a short story that you can submit to publishers confidently. Read about the short story writing process. 
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How to Write Great Content for Short Attention Spans

How to Write Great Content for Short Attention Spans | Serious Play | Scoop.it
There is always more and more online content vying for readers’ attention—yet it seems like the average online attention span is getting shorter all the time. This is something that any content m…
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10 Visual Storytelling Rules Every Digital Marketer Needs to Know

10 Visual Storytelling Rules Every Digital Marketer Needs to Know | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A list of visual storytelling rules for visual communicators, including the Hitchcock rule, "show, don't tell," follow a story arc, among others.
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8 Ways to Spice Up Stories About Your Product - The Copywriter's Crucible 

8 Ways to Spice Up Stories About Your Product - The Copywriter's Crucible  | Serious Play | Scoop.it
“Grab a cushion and gather round. I have a story to tell.” Everyone has fond memories of story time as kids. And the love of a good tale, of heroes, villains and victory against the odds, never dies. For this reason,
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Creative Writing Exercises: 10-Minute Workouts for Writers

Creative Writing Exercises: 10-Minute Workouts for Writers | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Most writers I know have a little voice in their head called The Inner Editor. This voice is, well, opinionated, which is a euphemism for …
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How to Motivate More (And Better!) Writing With Blended Learning

How to Motivate More (And Better!) Writing With Blended Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it
By Jessica Sanders Blended learning is the perfect solution for every teacher, whether your school can’t afford enough technology to go completely digital or you simply believe that technology is an important part of the modern classroom. While blended learning can improve any lesson or unit, it’s especially beneficial with writing. Writing is challenging for many students, and blended learning makes it more attractive and less daunting.
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43 Ways to Find the Best Book Idea for New Writers

43 Ways to Find the Best Book Idea for New Writers | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Finding the right book idea can be a challenge. Since the best inspiration comes from within, we put together 43 ways to find your personal best book idea.
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The Science of the Story

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We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why.
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Storyjacker - collaborative story-writing games

Storyjacker - collaborative story-writing games | Serious Play | Scoop.it
What is Storyjacker?
In short, it's a website that allows you to write stories by playing games.
With it you can log on and play writing games for free, with friends or on your own, depending on the game you choose. The games are designed to make writing with others more fun and perhaps a little more productive.
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Never Face a Blank Page Again! Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook Challenges / Creativity-Portal.com

Never Face a Blank Page Again! Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook Challenges / Creativity-Portal.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
20 Fun-filled creative writing prompts and exercises from Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook.
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