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10 Personal Writing Ideas

10 Personal Writing Ideas
Stuck for an idea? Use the suggestions below to spark personal writing with help from New York Times features. Illustration by Jeffrey Fisher 1. If you’re preparing to write a traditional personal essay or creative nonfiction, you might try modeling your piece on a past installment of the Lives or Modern Love columns. Of the Lives columns, you might try Finding That Song, Disco Papa or Forbidden Nonfruit. 2. Modeled on one of these features, write about your favorite local place or about the qualities of your town or neighborhood. 3. Or, send a postcard to and/or from the subject of a Times photo, add speech and thought bubbles, or write about a photo that captures American culture. 4. You might word your response as a Letter to the Editor. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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student example personal narrative Note: This is an essay I wrote for and submitted to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The prompt was to pick a photograph of something or someone that is important to you and explain why. The mornings begin on an A. How to Create an Instant Bestselling Novel How to Create an Instant Bestselling Novel by Cliff Pickover Please consider the following helpful tips. These will make it easier to get your stories or novels published. These tips will help you write good fiction in general. First, buy a National Geographic magazine.

Samples Personal Narrative Genre: Sample Personal Narratives These personal narrative samples were all written by sixth grade students. These pieces are excellent examples of personal narratives, but as with all writing, even the most famous masterpieces, there is room for revision. Is Your Writing Any Good? Do you ever worry that your writing might not be much good? When I talk to writers, especially those who are just beginning to get their work out there in the world, one of the most common fears they have is “I’m not good enough.” All too often, I find myself surprised that they can’t see the strength of their own words. But then I have to remind myself that we all go through these doubts – and sometimes, we have to conquer them again and again on our writing journey. What about you – is your writing any good?

Ms. Effie's LifeSavers for Teachers - Assignments Here are some of my best assignments from 40 years of teaching. Contact me if you have questions or comments. (Email or Home Page.) You may also be interested in copies of the various Handouts available on another page. Novel Writing: Choosing a Method that Works Best for You by Margo L. Dill riting a novel is one of the biggest accomplishments of a writer’s life. Every novelist has her own way of writing a novel. From outlining to sticky notes to just writing the darn thing, novel writing is a process that can differ for each writer. If you have never written a novel but you have a brilliant idea for one, then maybe you can find a process here that might work for you. For those novelists out there struggling with their current methods, look these over and try something new. Outlining

ASSIGNMENT – Personal Narrative Audio Essay (lower division) You will write an essay that is designed to be delivered via an audio recording rather than via text on the page or screen (although you will also turn in a text version). The essay will follow the general principles of essay composition, but it will also make use of some of the principles of audio composition, including the strategic use of sound effects and silence to establish a mood or theme, convey transitions, inspire certain feelings, and so on. The final version will be an mp3 file that you can embed into your blog as well as share with others. The strongest audio essays may be featured on the Digital Students main site. An audio essay is a particular mode of communication that works better for some types of messages than for others.

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