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What do writers say about writing? What difference might their insights make for us as teachers of writing?
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Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Tips on Writing –

Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Tips on Writing – | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
"Turn up for work. Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom."
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Inside the Writing Process With Don Murray

Inside the Writing Process With Don Murray | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
How Don Murray writes his Boston Globe column.
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John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’

John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’ | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
John Updike once said of his task as a writer, 'My only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due.' In book after book, he did just that.
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Love it! I need to follow his advice.

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The Atlantic | Facebook

The Atlantic | Facebook | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
Ta-Nehisi Coates on writing: "I always consider the entire process about failure, and I think that's the reason why more people don't write."
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Great 3 minute video -- students deserve to hear this, and teachers need to use this for pure inspiration.

 

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David Foster Wallace on Argumentative Writing and Nonfiction | Farnam Street

David Foster Wallace on Argumentative Writing and Nonfiction | Farnam Street | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
In December 2004, Bryan A. Garner, who had already struck up a friendship with David Foster Wallace, started interviewing state and federal judges as well as a
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Fascinating interview...provides insights into transitions that were new to me.

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What Are the Basic Rules of Punctuation?

What Are the Basic Rules of Punctuation? | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
Understanding the principles behind the marks of punctuation should help us use the marks consistently in our own writing
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I love the way the writer talks to sassy about conventions.

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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Once again the research is there about teaching grammar. When will the endless, boring worksheets end?

 

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The American Scholar: Ten Best Sentences - Our Editors

The American Scholar: Ten Best Sentences - Our Editors | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it

"Ten Best Sentences

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Great sentences for "mentors" for young (and old) writers

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Writing Is Thinking

Writing Is Thinking | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
When you write about your work, it makes all of us smarter for the effort, including you. Done well, this kind of sharing means you’re contributing signal, instead of noise. But writers are made, not born.
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I Teach Remedial College Writing - Save Your Pity

I Teach Remedial College Writing - Save Your Pity | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
I have a hard time using the term remedial - the use assumes a decrease in knowledge, either on the student's part or with the lack of rigor of the curriculum. On the other hand, non-remedial cours...
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The 6 Best Books on Writing

The 6 Best Books on Writing | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
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!

Via Dennis T OConnor
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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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Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing: Wednesday Writing Workout to fill your well: Poets in the Gallery!

Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing: Wednesday Writing Workout to fill your well: Poets in the Gallery! | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
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fun idea for writing poetry (or fiction or...)

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Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing –

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing – | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
"If it sounds like writing … rewrite it."
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Share your insight
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Writing Process Animation

This video describes the writing process involved in creating a good blog (or other writing endeavors, such as an essay). For other work from this artist, se...
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What does the writing process look like? How does one writer describe his process?

 

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First Drafts: Gary Soto's 'Talking to Myself' and 'Sunday Without Clouds'

First Drafts: Gary Soto's 'Talking to Myself' and 'Sunday Without Clouds' | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
The poet describes the collaborative process of writing verse
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Shanahan on Literacy: Ten Things Good Writers Do

Shanahan on Literacy: Ten Things Good Writers Do | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
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Even though Shanahan is best known for his work on reading at the elementary level, he also has insights about writing at all levels, including high school.

 

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The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
There are no tricks to make writing easier, just practices you can develop to get it done.
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A blog from a writer to writers like me: procrastinators. 

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If you had to give one tip to a struggling writer, what would it be? - Quora

If you had to give one tip to a struggling writer, what would it be? - Quora | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
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Sometimes Quora has fascinating questions and responses. See what you think about this question: If you had one tip to give to a struggling writer, what would it be?

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24 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write More

24 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write More | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
From J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Maya Angelou, and a bunch of other people who know what they're talking about. NaNoWriMo, anyone?
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Great quotes!

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Writers on Paragraphing

Writers on Paragraphing | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
Paragraphing, says William Zinsser, is a subtle but important element in writing nonfiction articles and books--a road map constantly telling your reader
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How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More

How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
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Learn the one true rule of writing. The rule which is absolutely inviolate and true:

1. Yea, Verily. You Must Sit Down and Write.

1a. Thou shalt not go see a movie instead. Or wa...

Learn the one true rule of writing. The rule which is absolutely inviolate and true:<br/><br/>1. Yea, Verily. You Must Sit Down and Write.<br/><br/>1a. Thou shalt not go see a movie instead. Or wa... | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
Patrick Rothfuss, on breaking the rules of writing. (via lettersandlight) ("Learn the one true rule of writing. The rule which is absolutely inviolate and true: 1.
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The Best Advice on Writing

The Best Advice on Writing | Writing tips for writers and teachers | Scoop.it
As many professional authors will tell you, aspiring writers are often hungry for advice--eager to pick up a tip that will open the door to a successful writing life.
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Great advice to remember as we write and as we coach our writers.

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