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Creating in the Nooks and Crannies of Our Days

You yearn to create and play and experiment. But, between work and errands, between commitments and chores, there doesn't seem to be much "free time." There doesn't seem to be much time to simply mess around, to follow ideas, to dance with them, to swirl them around your tongue like a piece of candy. Because maybe you work long hours. Maybe you're a parent (to one, two, three kids). Maybe you're an entrepreneur...
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3 Writing Prompts to Inspire Your School-Aged Kids

Writing is a powerful way to express ourselves. Naturally, it's a powerful way for kids to express themselves, too. And it has many, many benefits. According to author, educator and literacy expert Pam Allyn in her brilliant book Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity and Skill at Every Age, writing fosters a child's emotional growth, helps to cultivate critical thinking skills and boosts school performance.

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Creative Ways to Explore Your Memory

Unless a certain scent or taste or sound triggers us, we don't often return to our memories. We don't often look back and explore our past. Today, we're all about focusing on the present moment, on the here and now. Which, of course, is important. But excavating fond memories is important, too. Because these memories make up who we are. They reveal our differing, fascinating parts. They explain why we are who we...
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On Creating and Following the Rules

In writing there are many, many rules and "facts"—many of which conflict and contradict each other. For instance, don’t start a story with the weather. Don't use exclamation marks. Keep your sentences short. Avoid detailed descriptions and flowery language. Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. Don’t wait for inspiration—you just need to start and be dedicated and disciplined. You need to coax your muse to come out. There’s no such...
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