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My Brother Taran

Britain, 1943 Taran’s mouth dried up and the blood drained from his cheeks. A man was aiming a revolver at him. This man’s attitude was almost casual, as if he was accustomed to killing people. His brocaded dressing gown contras...

Bob Woodward Gets to the Bottom of Things: Timeless Investigative Journalism Techniques (from Writer’s Digest 1996)

Given the buzz surrounding the explosive book Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, we were reminded of a surprisingly timeless article from the August 1996 issue of Writer’s Digest about Mr. Woodward’s investigative journal...

Editing Fiction Like a Pro: The 5 Most Common Mistakes That Bog Down Your Narrative

The most common mistakes that bog down an otherwise flowing narrative are easy to avoid or correct when you’re editing fiction scenes. These five simple steps will make your writing soar and your readers sit up and take notice. by Ellen T...

Five Tools for Creating Animated Videos on Chromebooks

The new school year will be here soon and I haven’t taken a break all summer. I’m taking a short break from the Internet to go fishing at one of my favorite places in the world, Kennebago Lake. I’ll be back with new posts ...

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...

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