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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. 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. The Learning Network’s Student Opinion featurethe Opinion sectionThe Choice, a blog on college admissionsThe Moral of the Story, a blog on the moral implications of news stories, and The Ethicist, both written by Randy CohenSocial Q’s, questions and answers on awkward or unclear social dilemmasThe Opinionator, which collects opinion from around the Webthe Education sectionthe Most E-mailed and Most Blogged lists. You might word your response as a Letter to the Editor. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Think You Know 'How To Write A Sentence'? How To Write A Sentence: And How To Read OneBy Stanley FishHardcover, 176 pagesHarperList price: $19.99 Why Sentences ? In her book The Writing Life (1989), Annie Dillard tells the story of a fellow writer who was asked by a student, "Do you think I could be a writer?" " 'Well,' the writer said, 'do you like sentences?' " The student is surprised by the question, but Dillard knows exactly what was meant. He was being told, she explains, that "if he liked sentences he could begin," and she remembers a similar conversation with a painter friend. But wouldn't the equivalent of paint be words rather than sentences? And the words slide into the slots ordained by syntax, and glitter as with atmospheric dust with those impurities which we call meaning. Before the words slide into their slots, they are just discrete items, pointing everywhere and nowhere. I wish I had been one of them. If God didn't want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.

365 Pictures Daily Photo Prompts Generated for Your Creative Inspiration! Writing Prompts : 365 : 365 Creative Picture Prompts, Prompt-a-Day Generator One picture and text prompt per day to inspire your creative life. Visit again tomorrow for February 5, 2015 What would this settler feel if she/he could return from the past and see their homestead still standing? Photo and prompt copyright © Kristi Tencarre. About 365 Picture Prompts Welcome to Creativity Portal's first-ever worldwide collaborative daily prompt project. Artists, photographers, writers, and other creatives have generously shared their personal pictures and thought-provoking prompts to inspire others with unique perspectives and manifested expressions of creativity. Use these images and words for: creative writing promptsimagination/brainstorming ideascreativity sparksartistic inspirationblogging story startersclassroom activitiesjournal & diary promptsmeditationsreflectionsconnecting with other creatives Frequently Answered Questions Q: How do I access past prompts?

Essay Start - Persuasive Essays By Persuasive, we mean tending or having the power to persuade a persuasive argument. Through persuasive essays, you have to persuade the reader into convincing that your point of view is correct by adopting logical reasoning to show that one idea is more legitimate than the other idea. Basically all essays are persuasive essays. Sometimes you are assigned a controversial topic such as different law acts, political related issues, and nuclear issues for your persuasive essays, but an essay on the meaning of an article or poetry is also a persuasive essay. The only difference being that through persuasive essays your attempt or task is to persuade a reader to take some kind of action or adopt a certain point of view. When planning a persuasive essay, follow these steps Choose your position. The following criteria are essential to produce an effective argument: Be well informed about your topic. Note: Do not confuse facts with truths. Statistics - These can provide excellent support.

Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life by Moira Allen Return to Setting & Description · Print/Mobile-Friendly Version The devil, it's said, is in the details. So, too, is much of the work of a writer. Too little detail leaves your characters wandering through the narrative equivalent of an empty stage. To set your stage, it's important to choose the most appropriate, vivid details possible. 1) Reveal setting through motion. Let your description unfold as a character moves through the scene. Suppose, for example, that your heroine, an "Orphan Annie" of humble origins, has entered a millionaire's mansion. Let her observe how soft the rich Persian carpet feels underfoot, how it muffles her footfalls, how she's tempted to remove her shoes. Use active verbs to set the scene. "Walking through" a description breaks the details into bite-sized nuggets, and scatters those nuggets throughout the scene so that the reader never feels overwhelmed or bored. The temptation to explore is irresistible.

Argument & Persuasive Writing Lesson Plans 200 Prompts for Argumentative WritingPrompts by category for the student who can't think of anything to write about. Are You My Mother? An Opinion Writing UnitThis 5-lesson unit uses the Langston Hughes poem "Mother to Son" and a portrait to emphasize facts and opinions. Includes writing task. Designed for grade 2. The Classical ArgumentHandout detailing introduction, narration, confirmation, refutation and concession, and summation. Decoding text types: One of these things is not like the othersThis blog explains the difference between opinion writing, persuasive writing, and argument. Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from TextsThis guide provides teachers with strategies for helping students understand the differences between persuasive writing and evidence-based argumentation. Evaluating an Argument: Chevy Volt CommercialsThis activity introduces students to analyzing an argument. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Literature v. Position PapersLinks to strategies and prompts.

Creative Writing Prompts and Exercises | The Time is Now The most important and underrated factor in a writer’s success is discipline. Talent and luck always help, but having a consistent writing practice is often the difference between aspiring writers and published writers. The advice we hear from agents, editors, and authors alike is always the same: Focus on the writing. However, finding the time and inspiration to write is not always easy. That’s where creative writing prompts and exercises can help. The Time Is Now offers a weekly writing prompt (we’ll post a poetry prompt on Tuesdays, a fiction prompt on Wednesdays, and a creative nonfiction prompt on Thursdays) to help you stay committed to your writing practice throughout the year.