An excellent activity and learning opportunity to do with your children or grandchildren is to write a children’s book together. They can be so fun to create.
My granddaughter loves for me to tell her stories then she in turn will make up a story to tell me.
We love doing character building with tips from Dr. Lant over at www.writerssecrets.com to really making your characters come alive. My granddaughter has such an imagination, as most children do, and really gets into imagining she is one of the characters for our book.
Next point bought up in Dr. Lant’s writing class – Take in all the details around you for these can become important pieces of information to add to your story.
I read a funny quote on a mug ” Be careful what you say and do, I am a writer!” This gets my granddaughter thinking more about what is happening around her so she can add them to our story.
It’s fun to brainstorm with her ideas for the title, story setting and what the main theme of our story is.
Put your book together and you’ll have a real keepsake!
Now Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing has made it so easy to get that book published to share with others. They even have a Kindle Kids’ Book Creator which is FREE to download to format your book. Available at: Amazon.com
I was so inspired from working with Dr. Lant and bringing an extraordinary writing course to folks worldwide and learned so much that I wanted to bring this to the children in volume one of my new series “Bringing Out The Potential Of Our Children” available at http://fullpotential.co.place
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Get more productivity for your time with these apps and tools that help beat procrastination and lack of focus.
First – This is sooo simple but effective developed around a simple kitchen timer that was built into a whole technique – The Pomodoro Technique, to keep you focused and productive.
Wikipedia describes the underlying principles as thus:
There are six stages in the technique:
Decide on the task to be done.
Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally n = 25).
Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 1.
Else (i.e. after four pomodoros) take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are fundamental to the technique. In the planning phase tasks are prioritized by recording them in a “To Do Today” list. This enables users to estimate the effort tasks require. As pomodoros are completed, they are recorded, adding to a sense of accomplishment and providing raw data for subsequent self-observation and improvement.
For the purposes of the technique, a pomodoro is the interval of time spent working. After task completion, any time remaining in the pomodoro is devoted to overlearning. Regular breaks are taken, aiding assimilation. A short (3–5 minutes) rest separates consecutive pomodoros. Four pomodoros form a set. A longer (15–30 minute) rest is taken between sets.
A goal of the technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow. A pomodoro is indivisible. When interrupted during a pomodoro, either the other activity must be recorded and postponed (inform – negotiate – schedule – call back) or the pomodoro must be abandoned.
Find out more about this technique below and let me know what you think.
Jett Farrell-Vega over at The Write Life shared a few more apps for productivity.
Writing often feels like creating something out of nothing. It can be easy to just click over to Facebook and never return. Enter distraction blockers.
For Android, FocusON is a true example of the nuclear option for blocking access to apps and websites. It’s hard — I mean really hard — to shut it off once you’ve enabled a block for a certain period of time.
For Chrome, TimeWarp is a customizable option. It requires some discipline, but the option to divert to a different website or an inspirational quote might be all the motivation you need.
Trello has quickly become my favorite writing tool that most writers have never heard of.
It’s a web-based productivity app with a premise very similar to the old school method of using index cards on a cork board. For a writer, the possibilities are endless. You can use a Trello board to make to do lists, prioritize submissions, even to track research.
My favorite use for Trello is as a scene organizer for fiction projects. Make a board to represent your novel, then make lists on that board to represent each chapter. Finally, make cards for individual scenes or story events. It’s very easy to move scenes around.
Being organized can take a huge amount of stress off and allow you to focus on your content.
Creators describe it as “your own private writing room where you can close the door behind you to focus on your writing in peace.” This web app works on iPad, Mac and PC, a welcome alternative to traditional, cluttered word processing devices. With backgrounds and audio tracks for whatever mood you’re in (or seeking to create), you can fine tune your ambiance and let the words flow.
While researching allows you to jot down anything that comes to mind– whenever and wherever– it lets you organize those thoughts alongside saved web articles, PDFs, photos, and handwritten notes. To-do lists and tags allow you to easily sort through your material and prioritize, fast.
For others like Storehouse (source of photo) which won an Apple Design award saying “Storehouse — Visual Storytelling’s stunning, intuitive, customizable layouts let users tell their stories with grace and share them quickly through social media.”