Have you ever had this experience:  you had a great idea for a story, so you spent an afternoon or a week or two, getting it down on paper. Then, you read through it, but it didn’t seem to work so well, so you revised it. Maybe you asked your mom or good friend for…

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We all tend to have our favorite “go to” words that we like to use, but often, we’re not even aware of them. During the revision process, searching out these words and replacing or deleting them can be a challenge when we’re not even sure what they are. Thankfully, online word cloud programs can help…

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You shared some of your writing with a friend or group. People read it, wrote about it, gave you comments. Some of them made you do a happy dance around your room, some made you want to toss your computer out the window, and others just didn’t even make sense. What do you do with…

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Getting feedback on your writing is the (sometimes scary) process of sharing your writing and asking others for help. You might be asking why this is important? You’re already a pretty great writer, or you wouldn’t be here, so why do you need others to read your writing? Let me share a few reasons:  1. Readers will…

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When reading one another’s writing, high school students will almost always point out grammatical errors, misspelled words or typos before anything else. Perhaps its because they “know” how to fix those things. They’re easy to identify for good writers, but this is not editing though its part of the editing process. This is called proofreading.…

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