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Writing Exercises Meredith Sue Willis Author and Teacher

Writing Exercises Meredith Sue Willis Author and Teacher
More Free Writing Exercises below and here : Exercises 1- 20 Exercises 21- 40 Exercises 41 - 60 Exercises 61-80 Exercises 81-100 Exercises 101 - 120 Exercises 121 - 140 Exercises 141 - 160 Exercises 161 - 180 Exercises 181 - 200 Exercises 201 - 240 Exercises 241 - 260 Point-of-View Characters Whose Gender Is Not Yours We had a discussion in my Advanced Novel Writing Class at NYU about the difficulty of capturing a character who is of a different gender from yourself. Writing about people unlike yourself– by race, ethnic group, age, and certainly gender or sexual preference– is always a big challenge, but also of great interest to a creative writer. One class member spoke of an excellent contemporary novel written by a woman and narrated by a man. The class member said he admired the book but that it was only about 98% believable as a male narrator. That is, of course, pretty darn good. Exercise #261 Exercise #262 Exercise #263 Exercise #264 Exercise #265 Exercise #266 Exercise #267

Chaotic Shiny - RPG-Related Generators Why Digital Writing Matters in Education Writing teachers like me (and perhaps like you) have been caught in a tight spot for some time now. On the one hand, computing technologies have radically transformed the meaning of "writing." On the other hand, high stakes assessments and their impact on teaching have limited what counts as writing in school. As a teacher, I feel pulled in different directions. Thankfully, there are some good educational resources available. Digital writing challenges what counts as writing and reveals the gap between how writing works in the world and how we teach it in schools.Digital writing platforms and services are ways to innovate instruction and learning. Why Writing Matters I always find it worth starting with why writing matters in education and in life. A second Commission report concluded that writing is a "threshold skill" for hiring and promotion among professional employees. The "Digital" in Digital Writing What distinguishes "digital" writing?

Descriptive Writing Prompts [Slideshow] About Descriptive Writing Prompts Descriptive writing prompts can be useful tools for overcoming writer's block or simply getting you in the habit of practicing writing on a daily basis. In descriptive writing, the goal is to make the reader feel as though he is part of the scene. You will be encouraged to write using figurative language, active verbs, sensory adjectives, and vivid modifiers. Use the following selection of descriptive writing prompts to help you get started on your next writing project. Describing the Villian Imagine this person will be the villain in a short story that you are writing.

English 50 Exercises for Story Writers English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers Basic Theory: What is a short story? As soon as someone delivers a definition, some good writer will write a story that proves the theory wrong. About the only thing we can say for sure is that short stories are short and that they are written in what we call prose. Short stories have a narrator; that is, someone tells the story; have at least one character in them; have some action occur (or perhaps fails to occur); take place somewhere; that is, there is a setting for the action; and someone either learns something or fails to learn something (theme).With these five characteristics in mind, we can create an almost endless supply of exercises to help sharpen our techniques of story telling. Narrative Voice Twenty or so years ago, voice was the "rite of passage" into a successful writing career. NOTE: It is quite common for writers in the early stages of their careers to imitate the writers they are reading or admire most.

Creative Writing Journal Prompts 1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. See also: Writing Prompts This page has printable writing prompt worksheets. Persuasive Writing Prompts Check out our collection of persuasive writing topics. Writing Story Pictures Write a creative stories to describe what's happening in these pictures. Seventh Sanctum

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers 1- ZimmerTwins It is all about creative storytelling. ZimmerTwins is a web2.0 tool that allows students to give vent to their imaginative powers and exercise their storytelling skills from early stages to advances ones. 2- Digital Story Telling in The Classroom This section provides resources and materials for teachers to use with their students in storytelling. It helps students personalize their learning and perform better. Students can use these materials to create a movie or interactive slideshow to tell their stories. 3- Story Bird This is an awesome website that allows students and teachers to create short art inspired stories to read, share or print out. 4- Someries Someries is a fantastic storytelling site . 5- PicLits This is another awesome website where students can choose a picture and start drawing or writing a text on it to create a story. 7- Capzles This is where you and your students can create rich multimedia stories with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.

Cure writer's block with writing prompts - writing tips character name generator Jack Kerouac's Essentials of Spontaneous Prose If possible write "without consciousness" in semi-trance (as Yeats' later "trance writing") allowing subconscious to admit in own uninhibited interesting necessary and so "modern" language... 66 Writing Experiments 5. Tristan Tzara's hat: Everyone in a group writes down a word (alternative: phrase, line) and puts it in a hat. William S. The cutup is a mechanical method of juxtaposition in which Burroughs literally cuts up passages of prose by himself and other writers and then pastes them back together at random...

The Seven Basic Plots: Christopher Booker Examines Common Narratives in Storytelling According to the British journalist and author Christopher Booker, there are only seven ‘storylines’ in the world. In his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, a work that took over forty years to write, Booker surveys world literature, outlining commonalities and showing that, although there are a multitude of tales and endless variety in the telling, all narratives are really variations of the basic seven. Booker’s work is detailed, interesting, and very long—over 700 pages—but his message is simple. Whether they represent the deep psychological structures of human experience or whether they are merely constructs of tradition, no matter what the story, you’ll find one or more of these basic plotlines: Rags to Riches Someone who has seemed to the world quite commonplace is shown to have been hiding a second, more exceptional self within. Although it may seem reductive to restrict all narrative to these seven basic plots, it is actually quite instructive.

Welcome to Writing@CSU they.misled.us » Dark Room Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text. Basically, Dark Room is a clone of the original WriteRoom that is an OS X (tiger) exclusive application. It is a child of necessity, as there were no viable alternatives in Windows to produce the same behavior. The goal of the project is to capture the essence of WriteRoom, while keeping it simple and just as free. Windows XP / 2000 / 2003 .NET Framework 2.0 File Menu Clear Document: Ctrl+N Open Document: Ctrl+O Save Document: Ctrl+S Quit: Ctrl+Q Edit Menu Undo: Ctrl+Z Redo: Ctrl+Y Cut: Ctrl+X Copy: Ctrl+C Paste: Ctrl+V Select All: Ctrl+A Find: Ctrl+F Find Next: F3 Preferences: Ctrl+, View Menu Statistics: Ctrl+/ Toggle Fullscreen: F11 or Esc If you like Dark Room, and have some money burning a hole in your bank account, feel free to drop it in mine. Dark Room RSS Feed 0.8b ( report bugs ) ADDED: Neutral highlighting 0.7.6.2b FIXED: Wordcount RegEx

How to write for Blogging Students Pick a topic that affects other students. Photograph: F1 Online/Rex Features Since we launched it in January, Blogging Students has been a rip-roaring success, attracting record numbers of readers and making a huge impact on the social media, especially Facebook. These are the top three blogs so far: • Why have drug users become so reckless? • Why you shouldn't do postgrad, with 85,000 • And What will you do if you get a 2:2? Those who've written blogs for the series have benefited in several ways: they've got their own contributor page on the Guardian, which is a boost to their CV. Though a few have turned up perfectly formed, most have been through a discussion process that has taught them about pitching and writing and, in several cases, how to take a photograph that doesn't look like you snapped yourself on a phone in the loo. So how could you get involved? You'll notice that these blogs are not like people's personal blogs. Oh, and one last thing.

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This website is loaded with great info on beginning writers who may have writers block. Also useful for generating ideas and exercises to keep your writing abilities from lying dormant. by ginamichelle1123 Feb 22

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