writing

Using Quotations in the Classroom

March 12, 2019

Sometimes a quotation can spark a great discussion. Let’s see if we can ignite something today. You can pose these questions to your class, accompanied by the original quotation of course or simply ponder them yourself. “The greatest [Keep Reading]

Ideas Float, Grab Them While You Can

January 8, 2019

Denise Jaden has a theory.  She believes that “ideas float in the atmosphere, and they are fair game for anyone to grab and make use of.” This is sometimes referred to as the collective unconscious. It seems to be something that we can [Keep Reading]

Where Did the Words Go

December 13, 2018

Where did the words go? I can’t remember the last time I actually wrote something longer than a sentence or two on a social media post or a note to my spouse. When did my poetry slip away? I used to need it. To put words down on paper was not [Keep Reading]

Feeding Your Flame (Student Writing Activity)

February 13, 2018

Last week’s Will Smith video response activity was a success. I decided to try it again with another of his Instagram videos. This one has a few harsh phrases or words that might not be appropriate for your classroom (please watch it before [Keep Reading]

Find the Spark and Write

November 5, 2017

Story Sparks: Finding Your Best Story Ideas & Turning Them into Compelling Fiction by Denise Jaden Denise Jaden explores the concept of inspiration in her latest book, Story Sparks. She gives practical advice on finding story ideas in everyday [Keep Reading]

The Kick-Ass Writer

April 8, 2016

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig This is a book for writers who don’t have time to read a book for writers. You can dive in and out of the book with ease. If you want [Keep Reading]
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