-Noah Webster, lexicographer (1758-1843)
Words are not created by academics in universities and suchlike, rather it is the man in the street who does so. Dictionary compilers almost always recognise them too late and embalm them in alphabetical order, in many cases when they have lost their original meaning. -Gabriel García Márquez, novelist and journalist, Nobel laureate (1927-2014)
Writing and Publishing Opportunity: This was written on a couple of yahoo groups at the end of April 2013. The person to submit writing to is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the post where she describes what she is looking for.
One of the first things I want to launch with the site is a category devoted to kids and their writings. If you have a kiddo who enjoys writing and is looking for a by-line, I would love to publish their work. It can be about a vacation they took across the country or around the globe. Even something down the street....visiting the Aquarium or maybe a festival, a cool hotel, etc. Fun or educational. And parents, if you would like to contribute, I could use your work too. Shoot me an email at Lesli at Homeschool.com for more info. Thx!
Here is one entry that Leslie received: http://www.homeschool.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/a-homeschoolers-perspective-exploring-london/
Link to further guidelines: http://www.homeschool.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/calling-all-travel-writers/ (Though this link doesn't specifically state that they are looking for young writers, they are!)
Inspiring Movies for Writers
Link to Aerogramme Studio article about Publication Opportunitiesfor Young Writers
Free Writer's class starting on 9/27/2014: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/07/07/how-writers-write-fiction/
NaNoWriMo - http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Writing links to explore on Deviantart: http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=writing
Wreck This Journal: To Create Is to Destroy by Keri Smith
This overview of the book is from the Barnes and Noble site - For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and even sometimes deface and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts—poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more—in order to experience the true creative process. (Find more details at www.wreckthisjournal.com.) You'll discover a new way of art and journal making—and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process. (Thank you Nicole W for sharing this.)
Storybird site - Use pictures to inspire your story! This looks like a neat site to create stories (short or long or even poetry). Site states it's not for fan fiction. Looks very interesting and inspiring!! (Thank you Nicole W for sharing this.)
"The Artist's Way" - I like "The Artist's Way" for writing for myself. The Maine library lending system has the book. I like the idea that you get better at writing by writing. http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/tthe+artists+way/tartists+way/1%2C2%2C6%2CB/exact&FF=tartists+way+a+spiritual+path+to+higher+creativity&1%2C5%2C/indexsort=-
Joyce Fetteroll's writing page:
"How To Raise A Good Writer" blogpost from Blog of the Zombie Princess:
"So, You Want To Be A Writer? How to write, get published, and maybe even make it BIG!" by Vicki Hambleton and Cathleen Greenwood - I love this book! Though it was written for kids, I got it out of the library for myself and liked it so much I purchased it!
"Rip the Page" by Karen Benke (Minerva has the book too though!)
"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) (also check out her videos she did with Oprah) - This new book will be released in September 2015. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594634718/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
"50 Free Resources for Writers, Bloggers, And Other Freelancers"
An interesting topic on "The Craft of Writing Fiction" on "Linked In" - A Writer's Education (Is there a lack of education among writers? How did you learn to write and do you still learn?
50 Writing Prompts by Talita Paolini (Christopher Paolini's mother - Christopher Paolini was 15 years old when he wrote Eragon)
Talita Shares How To Improve Writing Skills
The 51 Greatest Articles About Writing I Have Ever Read (as posted in an Uncollege Email in Jan 2015)
How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum (Thank you Gretchen L!)
Brain Pickings link to How to Be an Explorer of the World
Interested in meeting with a group of enthusiastic writers to share stories, writing tips, and get feedback and ideas?
Here's a link to a book on facilitating a writer's workshop:
The website states that "Whether you're a homeschool parent trying to make writing more meaningful to your child..." that the book may be what you are looking for. Please note that (in my opinion) you don't have to make writing more meaningful to your child...your child will write when and because it is meaningful to them. If they are interested and motivated to write and would like to become a better writer, a writers workshop may provide the kind of environment that inspires and encourages them to continue writing and learning.
Writing Because We Love To by Susannah Scheffer is a book one of my friends read and was inspired by. Susannah Scheffer also wrote A Sense Of Self: Listening to Adolescent Girls (which is about how the 55 homeschooled girls she interviewed have good self-esteem and social skills and have the freedom and experience to make choices and be true to themselves. Susannah was the editor of Growing Without Schooling magazine.
This game looks neat!
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- If you unschool, here's a group that someone in you or someone in your family might be interested in: Unschoolingaroundtheworld: (send/receive postcards from other countries): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unschoolingaroundtheworld/?yguid=124256069
- Rabbit Post: Write a letter to Thumper and receive a letter in return. http://www.rabbitpost.com/write_to_thumper_the_rabbit.php
- If you unschool, you might be interested in a Flat Stanley (closed) group on facebook - (host a Flat Stanley or send yours to another to have a grand adventure): https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNschooledStanley/
Write stories, poems, limericks, comics, make to do or other lists, etc.
- You can do these things and share them with your family. Maybe they will be inspired to try it too!
- Need ideas? "Wishes, Lies and Dreams" by Kenneth Koch is full of ideas for writing poems.
- When Katie was little, I started to write down some poems by family members and friends in a composition notebook. This is neat to look through. In addition, my dad has always enjoyed writing limericks and poems. I recently found out that he is still creating them and sharing them with other poetry enthusiasts online!
- Here is a book for those who love comics: How To Draw and Sell Comics by Alan McKenzie or find it on sale now at this link: http://www.storieswithholes.com/howtodrandse.html (not sure what shipping would be nor how long the sale will last, but might be worth finding out as five dollars is a good deal!).
- New! My daughter Makana found this on the 2014-2015 Maine Student Book Award List: "Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics" by Brian McLachlan (yes, it is in the Minerva system!)
Magnetic Poetry (Word Magnets) - Great for poetry or notes - anything! I wish I took photos of some of the poems and words that were put together on our refrigerator!!
Mad Libs - Fun and creative, and you learn about nouns, verbs, adverbs, plurals, etc.
Wish Lists - Make one with your child and post it on the wall. They can refer to it or add to it as they like.
An inspiring book for writing prompts: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Spelling: If your child asks you how to spell a word, spell it for them! They will still learn even if they don't look it up or sound it out themselves....AND they'll learn how to patiently and kindly help others because of how they are treated.
Though spelling may come easily to some, it may take others longer. There is no timetable for learning how to spell. Some people have certain words that they will always find tricky to remember how to spell. Spell check is a wonderful tool!
If you feel the urge to say "Look it up" or have done so, please read this as another reminder of why that might not be such a good idea and what you can do otherwise: http://sandradodd.com/aradicalthought
Fun game that involves spelling: Boggle. You can play it online too: http://www.wordplays.com/boggle
The end of the book "Sarah, Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan has a final chapter called, "Life After Sarah, Plain and Tall" that talks about what she thinks about as a writer and what she thinks her audience would want to know. She did make a sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall called "Skylark." Here is a link to the sequence of the Sarah, Plain and Tall books if you'd like to read them in order:
Elizabeth Gilbert's Thought's on Writing:
Visit the Delancyplace homepage: click here.
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Ten Creativity Lessons From George Carlin:
Writer's Speak is also available through the Maine Library Lending System (minerva):
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” — E.L. Doctorow
“Don't forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” — Charles de Lint
“[Writing is] being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page.” — Mary Gaitskill
25 Tips To Make You A Better Non-Fiction Writer:
Poetry Starters Write-Abouts Grades 4 - 8 Can be used for prompts. (Thank you Gretchen L)
"The Elusive Here & Now, Inspirational Poetry for the Soul" by Dan Coppersmith
- I like this book as the poems are thoughtful, much to do with nature and people and life in general.
"All On A Summer's Day" Verses by William Wise (Sweet black and white photos that go so well along with poems about being very young - I think my mom got this at a garage sale and gave it to us)
"Winter Poems" Selected by Barbara Rogasky
"A Thousand Yards of Sea: A Collection of Sea Stories and Poems" Compiled by Laura Cecil
"Poems For Children: A Delightful Collection For Boys and Girls" by Jessie Willcox Smith
"Moxie Day and Family: A Laugh And Learn Book Of Poetry" by Robert Pottle
"Poetry For Young People: Edna St. Vincent Millay" Edited by Frances Schoonmaker
"Edna St. Vincent Millay" Collected Sonnets
"Dinosaur Dinner (With A Slice Of Alligator Pie) Favorite Poems by Dennis Lee"
- Selected by Jack Prelutsky
"The New Kid On The Block" - poems by Jack Prelutsky
"Miles Of Smiles: Kids Pick The Funniest Poems, Book #3" Edited by Bruce Lansky
"Poems to Learn by Heart" by Caroline Kennedy
Gosh....I realized one of my favorite authors and poets is not on here and should be!! Shel Silverstein! Check out some of his books: link to some of Shel's books for kids
Guessing games that stimulate creativity and critical thinking
Story 1: The man was afraid to go home because the man with the mask was there.
Answer: The man with the mask was a catcher in a baseball team. The other man was a base runner.
Click here for a link to many more examples so you can see if you like them.
"Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzles" and "Challenging Lateral Thinking Puzzles" by Paul Sloane & Des MacHale
Opportunities to practice writing
All Japanese All The Time (AJATT) (and these will give you a chuckle too!):