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The One-Minute Writer

The One-Minute Writer
We're coming to the end of 2013, the first full year since Abbey and I took over TOMW, and it has been wonderful! What a great community we have here. As the old year comes to a close and a new year opens up, there will be a change here at the blog as well. I'm sad to announce that Abbey will be leaving TOMW to focus on her family life. She's been a wonderful admin and I'm grateful to have had an opportunity to work with her! She's had computer issues signing in lately, so she asked me to post for her:

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Creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes What can you write in 10 minutes or less? Let’s find out! For a quick creative writing exercise, try one of the 21 writing prompts below, excerpted from Chronicle Books’ 642 Tiny Things to Write About. Each prompt was created by a writing teacher at the San Francisco Writers Grotto to be done in 10 minutes or less. Character meme fun! This is how I was procrastinating during the exam period. "Post-processual theory? ...After I've cleared out my hard drive, I think... ... ooh! What's this? A daft questionnaire I saved from somewhere on the Internet?

The 7 worst ways to start your novel - Pro Writing Tips Aspiring novelists are always intimidated by the classics, especially when it comes to writing the opening of the novel. Look at what we have to live up to: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” — A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens“Mother died today. Common Core Argument/Opinion Writing Annotated samples of real student work from around the country. This Common Core instructional resource will help educators and students develop a clearer understanding of effective writing as described in the Standards and provides examples of writing integrated within the curriculum. This section focuses on CCSS.W.1: "Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence." Grades K-5, On-Demand Writing Common Core writing samples showing student responses to the same prompt across grade levels. Prompts and source texts included.

Writing Prompts Posted by Melissa Donovan on October 22, 2015 · Journal prompts to make you laugh. Have you ever tried to write comedy? It’s not easy. Artists are often regarded as a tortured bunch. The 100 Most Important Things To Know About Your Character (revised) Quote from original Author(Beth):This list came about when, one day while struggling to develop a character for an upcoming Hunter game, my lovely roommate Nikki looked at me and said something like, "Wouldn't it be cool to have a list of questions you could go through and answer while you were making characters, so you'd make sure to consider all sorts of different elements in their personality?" I agreed, and that very evening we sat down over hot chocolate and ramen noodles to whip up a list of 100 appearance-, history-, and personality-related questions (which seemed like a nice even number) to answer as a relatively easy yet still in-depth character building exercise. Later on, we went through the list again, took out the questions that sucked (because there were a lot of them) and replaced them with better ones.

How to Write a Good Story Beginning on August 11th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on April 11, 2012 Your first chapter, your opening scene, your very first words are an invitation to readers. Have you made your invitation inviting? That is, is it tempting or attractive or irresistible? Pros and Cons of Cell Phones Like many technologies, cell phones are mixed blessings. They keep us from being stranded for hours on the side of the road, but can be distracting while driving, which may lead to accidents -- although you can, at least, call emergency services immediately with your cell phone if the distraction led to the accident. Cell phones have affected our lives to the extent that local and state governments change and create laws regarding cell-phone use to try to moderate the negative features and accentuate the positive. Pro: Keep in Touch Did you forget to tell your husband to pick up milk on his way home from work? No problem -- just call him on his cell phone.

10 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts Inspired by Children's Literature Want to do a little Thanksgiving writing in your classroom this year? Look no further than some of your favorite children's books for inspiration. 1. What kind of pie do you like best?

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