Keep these tips from NCTE in mind as you think about your writing.
Determining What to Write AboutFinding the Writing Process That Works for YouBeginning a Piece of WritingConnecting with Your AudienceOrganizing Your WritingGetting Unstuck: Overcoming Writer's BlockPolishing Your WritingSelecting Writing to Share with OthersTips for Parents: Helping Your Teenager to Write Better Tips for Students: So You Want to Be a Better Writer?
Determining What to Write About
Finding the Writing Process That Works for You
Beginning a Piece of Writing
Connecting with Your Audience
Organizing Your Writing
Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Writer's Block
Polishing Your Writing
Selecting Writing to Share with Others
Tips for Parents: Helping Your Teenager to Write Better
Tips for Students: So You Want to Be a Better Writer?
And to help get you started, hear what authors have to say about how and what they write.
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12/30/2012 8:33:09 PM
Be sure to make the word match the meaning. How often is 'affect' mixed up with 'effect' and other Word Trippers? Want a word choice guide to help you? Go to www.wordtrippers.com and sign up for Word Tripper of the Week.
11/5/2012 3:35:19 PM
Make your work cinematic. Pretend you are God for a moment, indulge yourself in telling the story as well as possible. Make it movie-like, but not too much.
Also, although you want your reader to be familiar with your characters, never, NEVER describe them to the fullest extent. Here's an example on what not to do: "Her name was Angeline and her luscious, chocolate hair flowed down to her mauve dress. Her sapphire eyes sparkled like the stars."
The same with the place. Give enough information for the reader to have an idea, then let the reader take charge and ponder what they think the setting looks like.
Use the best vocabulary you can.
Describe your thoughts well. Although I said don't describe your setting too much, you must still describe it well. I like to use metaphors and I often describe the weather, for some reason.
But I'm just a kid, so you probably shouldn't rely on any of these. I've never finished writing something... epic fail.
7/20/2012 8:50:20 PM
Brainstorm. List topics that you know well and/or are passionate about. Do research. Explore the topic in new ways.
4/28/2012 12:21:02 PM
Make your work visually attractive. An occasional short sentence is great. Use those "other" punctuation marks: semicolons, dash(es), and colons. Don't always begin with subordinators when you write a complex sentence (IC DC).
3/14/2012 11:33:09 AM
I tell my students that writing is about making the time to write. We write journals, reflections, responses to literature, and so forth. I also write with them. I look for places to publish their work; this year, the PTSA held a writing contest and one of my students won!!!
Ms. Nixon Richmond, VA
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