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Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques

These underhanded character development techniques are designed to relax your “thinky” brain and to draw instead on your curiosity, intuition and slightly devious sense of play in order to help your characters reveal their own inner wor...

June’s Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers

Good morning from hot and steamy South Paris, Maine. As the calendar flips from June to July the weather flips from pleasantly warm to hot! Fortunately, “hot” in Maine doesn’t last too long and is still not all that hot co...

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Text Aloud

Whenever I write something that needs to be polished, which isn’t very often, I copy the text and past it into a Text Aloud program. The one I use is called Natural Reader, but there are dozens of programs to choose from (some free, s...

Games, Screencasting, and Ducks – The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where we had a great day exploring the Maine Wildlife Park. My older daughter loved feeding the ducks! And we all enjoyed seeing the deer, moose, lynx and bears up close. It was a great way to relax after a long week...

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Philadelphia Independent Writers Conference

I’ve seized the opportunity and signed up to attend the 2nd annual Independent Authors Conference in Philadelphia this coming November. Cheap half-price tuition if you sign up by the end of this coming Friday the 11th was one incentiv...

Twelve Tools for Building End-of-year Review Activities (That Aren’t Kahoot Games)

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. At this time of the year I start to get a lot of requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. Here are twelve good options for creating review activities. Video-based rev...

The WD Interview: Author George Saunders Talks Structure, Outlining and Lincoln in the Bardo

In this exclusive extended interview with short-form master George Saunders, the globally acclaimed author dishes on inventive structure, reveals why he’s wary of outlines and talks novel-length success with Lincoln in the Bardo.  Supe...

Shifting Gears: Publishing a Book Outside Your Usual Genre

If you’re known for your work in a particular genre, publishing a book that goes in an entirely different direction can be a chore. Here, Tim Wendel offers tips for approaching the challenge. By Tim Wendel I knew I had my work cut out for...

How to Increase Your Screenplay’s Commercial Appeal

Selling a screenplay is no easy task. Ray Morton shares advice on how to increase your screenplay’s commercial appeal to help you choose the best stories to put on the page. “So, what do I have to do to guarantee that my script will sel...

5 Networking Tips for Introverts

Clammy hands, shallow breathing, furrowed brows—this is often how I found myself at the mandatory networking events for my co-op program as an undergraduate student. As a self-proclaimed introvert, networking was literally the worst. The ...

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