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Questions 234: Writing Prompts and Outlines

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Mike asks:
“Is writing from a prompt or a trigger an advanced skill? Will writing to an outline sabotage my development?”

Resources mentioned:
Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues

The Coffee Service by J. Daniel Sawyer

Sculpting God by J. Daniel Sawyer

Writing Into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

Psycho IV

Questions 221: Setting Long Term Goals

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Ben asks:
“How do I change my focus from short-term goals to long-term goals?”

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Questions 214: Exploring New Perspectives (Writing Instruction Series 8)

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In this eighth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“Given the limited life experience of children these days, how do I encourage them to explore new perspectives?”

Questions 212: Stretching Into New Genres (Writing Instruction Series 6)

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In this sixth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How do I get my students to expand their reading tastes so they can write in multiple genres?”

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Books Discussed:

Tales from the Twilight Zone by Rod SerlingSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett

Questions 211: The Blank Page (Writing Instruction Series 5)

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In this fifth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I help my students conquer their fear of the blank page and get that first sentence down?”

Questions 209: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 3)

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In this third installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I respect subculture grammar while teaching best practices in word choice and writing?”

Questions 204: Should Your Fiction Set an Example?

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Cheyenne asks:
“How can I write characters who don’t share my values, without betraying my values?”

Books discussed:
Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien

Poetics by Aristotle