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Pinterest Prompts Story Telling

Now that I am a reborn Pinterest devotee you may not get a lot of sense out of me. As a visual person I just love wandering around people’s boards, checking out what it is that constitutes a board. This board, filled with amazing abandoned and dilapidated things reminds me of a writing prompt I put on Soul Food years ago. It was the Abandoned Farmhouse. I am also thinking that A.M, who has kept us all entertained at Soul Food with her ghostly tales, would find this board quite cool. She would also come up with some great boards to support her fabulous stories

Useful Web Tools

A wonderful visual bookmark of all those really useful web tools.

iPad Art

Have an iPad or iPhone in your bag and you really never have to worry about keeping your mind occupied during long trips on public trains or while waiting for a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment.

This site promotes using iPads in the Art Room. This is way to limited an application for these little babies. These apps could be used in any classroom that caters for those students who like to work visually, but equally they can be applied in any place you go with an iPad. I will use them with a student I tutor but I can think of lots of activities that would spring from this.

For example, imagine a short story based solely on communication via a host of Ransom Letters, randomly posted, every day, on someone’s refrigerator. Come to think of it someone without a life could have a blog comprising of daily Ransom notes.

Use Maps

Seeing a map of Wonderland reminds me to suggest that if you are working on your novel and think that seeing an aspect in a visual form will help you find direction, apart from there are other programs you can use to create your own transit maps for the world you have created.

Mind mapping is a tried and true tool for working with all sorts of ideas for all sorts of purposes. is an effective tool for mapping chapters in your book or for setting up your business or whatever suits you.

Wordle Endures

I’ve been reminded of how much fun you can have with an online tool called Wordle. You provide a link or a chunk of text and it spits out a fun, interesting and customizable image, or word cloud. Words are displayed by size based on their frequency. Anything you create on Wordle goes into a gallery that you can then print or share with friends. The best part about Wordle is that after it spits out an image you can cycle through various formatting options, from colors to fonts to vertical or horizontal orientation, all with unique visual appeal.

Wordle can develop several important 21st Century learning skills. It can spark students’ creativity when they share original writing compositions and research assignments. Critical thinking skills are employed when using Wordle to analyze main ideas, make predictions, and critique/revise student essays.

Of course you can use it to show just how much you LOVE writing or to do a daily gratitude program like that suggested in The Magic and Daybook of Comfort and Joy.

Profile Building

Successfully reading a person, least of all a character in one of your children’s books or novels, is no easy matter. Apart from doing the Proust Questionaire you might consider making a sticky board together, or alternatively, sneak inside their place and, like the detectives on those television shows, check out their sticky boards. While you are at it you could check out their Facebook or Twitter accounts to learn more about them.