Writing Explained: Grammar Made Easy http://writingexplained.com/ A free online writing class that provides writing examples, sentences, and style advice according to AP and Chicago Styles.
Redefining the Writing Process with iPads http://www.edutopia.org/blog/redefining-writing-process-with-ipads-beth-holland Redefining the Writing Process with iPads
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?
When computers entered into the equation, we digitized the process. Instead of organizing and outlining on paper, we incorporated graphic organizer tools such as Inspiration or MindMeister.
Students and teachers began to draft digitally with word processing programs, and it became possible to offer feedback by inserting comments or typing directly into the document. Not only did these augmentations add efficiency to the process, but they also allowed for completed works to be published to the web.
With Writing 2.0, the process became public.
How writing by hand makes kids smarter http://bit.ly/fFeGNB How writing by hand makes kids smarter
Younger Americans are typing or texting more and writing less, even in school — and that's a problem when it comes to brain development
TV Tropes http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage TV Tropes
This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.
Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés.
The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite." In other words, dull and uninteresting.
We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.
The wiki is called "TV Tropes" because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media.
Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.
What is Xanga? (review) http://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/display/INSITE/Xanga What is Xanga? (review)
The original purpose of Xanga was to share book and movie reviews. It slowly developed and is now used for social networking and sharing blogs, videos, audio, and photos with others.
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Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition http://blogs.bedfordstmartins.com/bits/ Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition
A multi-author blog that provides college and university composition instructors with teaching ideas from leading scholars, authors, and editors.
PicLits http://www.piclits.com PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you.
The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
StoryMash http://storymash.com/ StoryMash
StoryMash, the future of collaborative fiction.
A creative writing community for authors, amateur writers, readers and anyone interested in collaborative fiction and collaborative creative writing.
Novlet ... writing of non-linear stories in any language http://www.novlet.com/ Novlet is a web application designed to support collaborative writing of non-linear stories in any language.
With Novlet you will be able to read stories written by other users, create your own ones, and choose the plot you like most from several alternatives.
Novlet stories are divided in passages, text sections usually made of a few paragraphs: users can continue stories or add alternative storylines by creating their passages after existing ones. The only limit is your fantasy.
35 Best Tools for Writing Online http://mashable.com/2008/12/13/writers-toolbox/ 35 Best Tools for Writing Online "Whether you’re new to the world of authorship or a veteran trying to make the most of Web services and applications, there are a number of online tools for writers of all types. From blogging platforms to networking hotbeds, and job boards to real-world gatherings, and more, the supply of utilities is comprehensive, to say the least.
But finding them all can be hard-going, so we’ve taken the liberty to make the discovery process easier by arranging our top finds here for your perusal.
Here are 35 of the best social media tools for writers."