writing

Exercise Your Writing Muscle

July 17, 2019

“You can begin to bring writing into your life with small exercises that needn’t take more than ten minutes at a pop. And, again, there is no right or wrong here – just opportunities to use a muscle that has gone unused for too long.” In [Keep Reading]

Writers, Set Your Pages on Fire!

July 4, 2019

Set the Page of Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers by Steve O’Keefe “Everyone who can read is qualified to write and capable of crafting something in print that is powerful and important.” I took lots of notes while reading this [Keep Reading]

Pantsing is the Best Way to Write

June 26, 2019

There are two types of writers. Those who extensively plan and those who start writing not entirely sure of where their words will take them. The former people are the ones who compose outlines and are sometimes referred to as plotters. The latter [Keep Reading]

Build Vocabulary by Reading an Article a Day

June 25, 2019

I love when I get great teaching ideas from whatever is I am reading in my spare time. This one comes courtesy of Alan Gelb from his book, The Seven Steps to Confident Writing. I think I will make this a daily homework assignment next year. I very [Keep Reading]

Write With Confidence in 7 Steps

June 19, 2019

Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb Everybody could benefit from learning how to express themselves clearly and persuasively in a piece of writing. Unfortunately, many of us see writing as “the thing we had to do back in school that [Keep Reading]

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]
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