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writing first draft

Writing the First Draft: The No-Nonsense Guide for Authors

  • I go to a quiet room, office, library or coffee shop.
  • Depending on where I am, I brew/order a cup of coffee.
  • I disconnect my computer from the internet.
  • I put my phone in airplane mode.
  • I open up Scrivener.
  • I arrange the outline for the chapter in question.
  • I set a timer for 30 minutes.
  • I write, keep my fingers moving and avoid stopping to edit myself (this is harder than it sounds).
  • When the buzzer sounds, I stand up and take a two-minute break.
  • After this break, I review my outline and notes.

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25 Things About Writing

by Justin McLachlan  http://www.justinmclachlan.com/1670/25-things-writing/

also in: http://pin.it/HwXSc4n

  • Real writing is actually a lot of rewriting.
  • Your friends won’t be as impressed the second time around. Don’t let it stop you.
  • Grammar, punctuation, spelling — it’s okay if all these things come last.
  • First drafts universally suck.
  • Avoid the advice of those who tell you otherwise of #5.
  • Trying to edit while writing is like trying to chop down a tree while you’re climbing it
  • Writing can be lonely. Very, very lonely.
  • Inspiration will never strike when you need it to. Just write. Do the work.
  • Complex construction doesn’t equal complex though. Simplify.
  • Deadlines. Goals. Set them, and stick to them.

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more on proofreading in this IMS blog
https://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=proofreading
more proofreading techniques for the EDAD doctoral cohort on Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/aidedza/doctoral-cohort/

writing prompts

PicLits – Inspire Creative Stories Through Pictures

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/02/piclits-inspire-creative-stories.html

PicLits is a site for finding creative writing prompts. PicLits aims to provide inspiration for writing short stories. PicLits tries to reach this goal by providing users with images upon which they can build their writing.

More on effective ways to present your work in this blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=effective+presentation&submit=Search

7 Good Sources of Writing Prompts

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/10/7-good-sources-of-writing-prompts.html

Things to Think About
StoryToolz
Write About This

Make Beliefs Comix
Something to Write About

Toasted Cheese
Scholastic Story Starters
Apricot

writing skills

Novelist teaches freshman writing, is shocked by students’ inability to construct basic sentences

Have we lost this essential skill and can it be recovered?

http://hechingerreport.org/novelist-teaches-freshman-writing-is-shocked-by-students-inability-to-construct-basic-sentences/

The First Year Writing program at my university stresses essay-writing skills: developing an arguable thesis, presenting strong supporting arguments, using quotations as evidence.

The prevailing opinion seems to be right: brief lessons don’t accomplish much. A few bright students will quickly absorb the new concepts; the others will fill out their worksheets on subject-verb agreement almost perfectly, and then write things like, The conflict between Sammy and Lengel are mainly about teenage rebellion.

Many of the writing instructors I spoke with shared my frustration. No one enjoys reading final papers that are just as awkwardly written as the first work of the semester. But none of them said what I’ve come to believe: that we should offer more help to students who reach for eloquence, only to trip over their own contorted clauses.

A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/04/17/a-digital-badge-initiative-in-first-year-writing-courses.aspx

a WordPress theme coupled with the BadgeOS plugin, a free program that enables credit issuing in the form of digital badges. The badges themselves were developed with Credly, a free online service that allows users to create, customize, store and issue achievement-based digital badges. In total, the only cost of the program development has been the domain hosting fee.

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