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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Write Like a Human: 5 Ways to Truly Enchant Your Readers

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How to convey tone in writing? This article shows 5 types of tone in writing with examples. Learn how to vary your writing tone so you can engage readers.

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Penelope's curator insight, December 19, 2017 7:59 PM
Talk like a human. Engage. Use tiny sentences. Poke readers. Read further and memorize all five tips for more vibrant writing.

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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 2017 12:14 PM
Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 10, 2017 1:11 PM
I find a walk is useful. Paying attention to my surroundings on the walk is beneficial. As well, I journal. I just write from a stream-of-consciousness.
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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

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Maya Eilam is a freelance New York City graphic designer making digital and printed works that bring creativity to communication. Including websites, logos, social media graphics, custom lettering, illustration, photography, infographics, and more.


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Penelope's curator insight, April 21, 2017 10:19 AM
Visuals are wonderful learning tools, and this beautiful infographic is a keeper. Created by an artist to depict "The Shapes of Stories" by Kurt Vonnegut, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 2017 12:38 PM
This would be an interesting way to teach writing in school. There are certain basic literary archetypes that teachers could focus on. this is not an exhaustive list, but is a great place to begin
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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

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I love a good page turner. There are few things more satisfying to me then starting a book and not physically being able to put it down. So much so that you look up from said book only to realize that you've been in your pajamas all day, and now it's nighttime. Such was the wonderful…

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Penelope's curator insight, February 15, 2017 10:17 PM
I absolutely love stories that stand up the hair on your arms--those rare plots where you never know what's lurking around each corner and senses are firing on all cylinders.

Want to know how to write your own creeper? This article gives us some really great ideas for a whiplash of a ride sure to thrill the reader.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 2017 12:39 PM
I like the idea of starting with something that you never pull off. Students could buy into that.
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6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly

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Rather than bombard teens with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources for future storytellers.

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Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com

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Here are 25 writing prompts to jumpstart your writing muscles.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 29, 2016 9:38 PM
Blank mind? Blank page? Pull out one of these writing prompts. At least one should inspire flying fingers or jotting pens.

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Link to the original article: http://www.carrieelle.com/writing-prompts
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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Narrativs

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Stories that move us

Description by New Learning Times

 

"Everyone has a Story to Tell
Do you have a story you would like to share? Do you enjoy reading short stories?Narrativs believes that everyone has a story to tell and aims to connect people all over the world through storytelling. Narrativs has created a digital space where aspiring writers can gain support for their work and receive constructive criticism. On the Narrativs website everyone is invited to submit a poem or short story – fiction or non-fiction. The Narrativs editing team provides feedback on the submission and the author is encouraged to make the necessary changes. After the piece goes through the editing process the story is then published on the Narrativs site and readers can rate and write comments in reaction to the story. This new publishing format allows one to learn about the world from many different perspectives by reading this diverse collection of stories.

 

"Social Entrepreneurship 
Narrativs aims to give everyone a voice, not only by creating a platform for writers to share their work, but also by financially supporting non- profit projects that promote literacy. Founder, Rachel Ngoc Anh Bui was inspired to develop Narrativs after listening to a global responsibility-focused speech by the prince of Norway. Narrativs plans to gather the best stories from the site to publish in a book. The money that the book generates will be given to groups that aid education in developing countries. The Narrativs team hopes to inspire others to find ways to develop businesses that make the world a better place. The team has been visiting schools in the United States and motivating students to create businesses that are socially responsible. Narrativs is creating a valuable narrative around both digital authorship and global citizenship."

 

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Margaret Waage's comment, August 31, 2013 1:58 PM
I love this idea because it is true. What I love even more is the idea of sharing narratives because that experience is what connects us to each other.
mtmeme's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:01 PM

Interesting type of support!

harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 8:16 AM
It is indeed very powerful and wish to study deep on the subject.
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Slick Write

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Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:

Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:45 PM

Lots of feedback!  Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check.  A great revision tool. 

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Top 10 Blogs for Authors

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Serious writers, who have experienced some level of success, when probed, will reveal that they have done their homework.

 

They continuously read various magazines and blogs for authors, not just to help them improve their writing, but to ensure that they stay on top of the latest developments and opportunities.

 

Many of the opportunities that I’ve snagged were discovered only as a result of reading and interacting with others on various blogs. These are opportunities I never would’ve found, otherwise...


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Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction

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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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100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog

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Writing flash fiction is a terribly satisfying way to spend an hour or two. For your fleet-fingered effusions, I’ve collated all my Twitter flash fiction prompts into a handy ebook.


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Penelope's curator insight, June 27, 2017 8:52 PM
This lady, as in "The Lady Writer," is very generous with her plot outlines and templates. She's graciously provided us with creative writing prompts which can be downloaded as an ebook. I love 'em, as they're the oil that greases the wheels of the 'ole brain, and gets it chugging again. Lady has shared 100 days of flash fiction prompts, and if the idea makes your hand cramp, then try 30. Ready, set, go!

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Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write

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When I was 21, I wanted to be a writer. But I only wanted to be a certain type of writer–like a journalist. I wanted to write a book one day, but not then. I remember reading Less Than Zero for a…
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6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly

6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Rather than bombard teens with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources for future storytellers.

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NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com

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In November, nearly half a million people around the world will embark on a remarkable quest. National Novel Writing Month. 


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Penelope's curator insight, October 14, 2016 12:20 PM
Fiction writing can be a daunting challenge for even the most talented. Facing a blank page can snuff out creative sparks that once burned brightly. 

Enter Evernote. I use this powerful tool all the time for clipping web pages, PDF's, etc. Evernote has created six powerful templates found inside this article that can be saved and used to the NANO writer's advantage. A little planning may get the timid writing instead of quaking. Super tool to add to your writing arsenal.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 15, 2016 9:48 AM
For Evernote fans--or beginners--some templates to use during NANOWRMO
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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation

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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation is a guest post by Becca Puglisi detailing inner and outer motivation of characters in fiction

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Penelope's curator insight, June 7, 2016 9:46 PM
Developing characters in our stories is one of the hardest things to get right. This is an excellent post that explains the character arc, which consists of four pieces. Worthwhile read.

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TED Talks for Writers and the Writing Classroom ~ Learnist

TED Talks for Writers and the Writing Classroom ~ Learnist | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maggie Messitt



"TED Talks are outstanding for the classroom and I'm always on the lookout for talks specifically applicable to writers, storytelling, research, and my writing classroom / workshops. Here is just a small collection to get you started."

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Marty Roddy's curator insight, December 19, 2015 10:43 PM
#writing #writers #speaking #speakers
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digitalwritingworkshop - home

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Wiki Home
A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing, this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.


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The Shapes of Stories

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kenekaplan's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:26 PM

And video of Kurt Vonnegut at the chalkboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ

Angela Antle's comment, January 30, 2013 8:15 AM
Fun graphic of most effective story shapes