writing

kids writing workshop

by kath_red on April 6, 2009

in Kids Crafts

The write start has a fabulous how-to make feather pens, perfect for encouraging pre-school age children (and older) to get excited about writing. The write start also has a great series on making a writing workshop for your little ones – what to include: part 1, part 2, part 3.

write start

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

tipscraftblogging

Starting a craft blog can be a fun but also daunting prospect. If you are a blog lurker and eager to start your own blog but not quite sure what to write or if you already have a craft blog and would like to build your audience and participate more fully in the craft blog community – then tune in over the coming weeks for tips and ideas on how to build a better craft blog.

Writing is an essential element for a better craft blog. The most successful craft blogs – the ones that have almost a cult following, are the ones that have just the right combination of personal and creativity topics covered in their blog writing. They are easy to read, funny and wise, interesting and personal (but not too personal), they give advice and share their ideas but also show their human frailties. Soulemama and posie gets cozy are two examples.

1. Edit your words before hitting publish.

Before you hit publish on your post, make sure you read over what you have written and make sure it is what you want to say. Writing on a blog is difficult to undo, once its out there – it is out there. Even if you delete the post afterward it is still out there – published in your rss feed.

2. Good writing is simple, conversational, anecdotal and friendly.

Writing like this however takes practice. Don’t expect to be a great writer overnight. Choose one interesting thing to discuss at first, write a little about your personal life – discuss your children, work, homelife – no need to discuss all the gory details, just the interesting snippets, discuss your latest project, your exciting news, share your joys and adventures and your latest craft obsessions. Be honest with your readers, be a friend – but you don’t have to tell them everything.

3. You don’t have to write about your personal life

Writing about your personal life is not mandatory, you don’t have to tell the world about your nervous breakdown or marriage breakup. Its fine to keep on topic and write only about crafting, making, designing, art or whatever your latest creative endeavour is. Discuss your creative process, your inspirations, your design ideas, your craft successes and failures, but a little window into who you are helps to build a loyal audience.

Combine the personal

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start write

by kath_red on January 18, 2009

in Kids Crafts

The write start shows us how to get children started with writing – by organising a whole bunch of writing activities in an adorable storage shelfpt one of the tour here. [via the crafty crow]

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

books: creative writing

by kath_red on June 5, 2008

in Books

The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal published by Writers Digest Books; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (July 6, 2007).

This is a handy little book to help people write with precision and clarity. It has an olde world feel to it in its design and the book cover – but the examples given are not old fashioned – they are real life examples including resumes, college entrance essays, reports etc – which are helpful in getting through everyday writing needs and situations. The sections are: Structure, Style, Readability and Grammar including basic rules, examples and exercises. This is excellent for students, graduates, job applicants, emerging writers, managers and up the line.

Juicy Writing: Inspiration and techniques for young writers by Brigid Lowry published by Allen and Unwin March 2008.

The press release says that this book will ‘inspire you to doodle, daydream and discover your creativity’ and I wholeheartedly agree. Brigid Lowry is a successful children’s/teen author she says of being a writer.

Being a writer is a curse and a blessing. Sometimes it seems the most pleasurable job in the world, sometimes it seems the most difficult. At times the work comes easily, at times it is like reaching into the depths of nowhere and finding nothing. I often wish I worked in a cafe and produced easy things, like soup or cake. The lesson I am learning right now about writing is to take my time and to enjoy myself more. Writing from a tight place will not produce good work. You need discipline but you also need joy and ease and playfulness.

This book is not about the technical skills of being a writer, rather how to get ideas and write them down, how to develop interesting characters and quirky and funny story lines, how to use words, phrases, metaphor and poetry, there is some technical creative writing help – like writing plot and dialogue and from different points of view. Then there is a chapter on writing what you know – being true to yourself and how to get started. This is an excellent book for aspiring and young creative writers.

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