Writing Tools

ClassTools SMS Generator – Text Messages Between Historical Figures

Last week I wrote about three ways that students can create social media profiles for historical and literary characters. Writing that post reminded me of the Classtools Fake SMS Generator. You could have students use the Classtools SMS Gen...

A Halloween Writing Activity for Elementary and Middle School Students

Earlier this week I shared a bunch of Halloween-themed math and science resources. If you’re looking for a writing activity that has a Halloween theme, consider having students create Halloween cards. Storyboard That offers great tool...

Writing with Wonder: Weaving Time and Place with Story in Historical Fiction

by Dana Chamblee Carpenter I was recently on a panel with Anne Perry talking about writing historical fiction. An audience member asked a typical question about the research we did to “get things right” in our books. Anne seemed eager t...

NaNoWriMo (and NaNonFiWriMo) Prep: Your 30-Day Writing Challenge Preparation Checklist

NaNoWriMo prep requires a great strategy. Here, Nina Amir offers a comprehensive checklist to help you get ready to take on NaNoWriMo or NaNonFiWriMo. When you register for a personal development class, the transformation begins immediately...

Seven Good Places to Find Writing Prompts

Anyone who has ever taught language arts has heard, “I don’t know what to write about” from a student or two. If you’ve ever heard that from a student, take a look at the following sites and apps to find writing prom...

Ten Tools for Teaching With YouTube Videos

If you can get past the distraction of cute animal videos, video game highlights, and other nonsense, you can find excellent educational videos on YouTube. But even then it’s not enough to just share the video with your students eithe...

The Glamorous and Unattainable Writing Life: 6 Common Misconceptions About Being a Writer

Now that you’ve published a book, you can afford that fancy NYC loft, right? Emily Bleeker clears up a few common and hilarious misconceptions about writers. Authors in books, movies and TV shows are often eccentric and fascinating hermit...

Train Your Eye for Better Writing: 3 Writing Techniques Adapted from the Visual Arts

Add color to the canvas of your manuscript with these 3 writing techniques adapted from practices commonly used by painters and other visual artists. By Tess Callahan You can’t learn to paint by looking at a Picasso any more than you can ...

How to Never Be a Writing “Failure”

Dealing with rejection doesn’t have to be a discouraging experience. Here, P.S. Hoffman offers five ways to fail smarter and set yourself up for success, even after you’ve been rejected by a publisher or an agent. This happened a few we...

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Writing “experts” – who do you trust?

It certainly can be hard. I’ve only ever really made use of sources of the old-school variety, from writers passed through the fires of traditional publication, and that’s simply due to the fact that all of the “How to wri...

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