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5 Lessons Learned From Writing A Novel In A Month

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Creativity, Productivity, Writing | 11 comments

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5 Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo
(National Novel Writing Month)

I hope all you fellow scholars have been enjoying the New Year!

Looking back, 2013 was a fun and exciting year here at Inkwell Scholars. I published the first post on this blog on March 4 shortly after releasing the Inkwell Scholars eBook 31 Best Writing Prompts (join the email list to get a free copy). I also created a Facebook fan page; promoted the YouTube channel as it grew to over 150,000 video views; and read over 75 essays written by students in the Inkwell Scholars writing program.

What was one of your biggest achievements of 2013?

Aside from the many milestones reached with Inkwell Scholars, mine undoubtedly happened this past November when I wrote a novel in a single month.

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7 Steps to Masterful Public Speaking From Martin Luther King

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Inspiration, Public Speaking, Writing | 2 comments

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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. (Wiki)

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech is consistently ranked as the most important American speech of the twentieth century. But not only is it the most important, it is also one of the most eloquent and inspiring. Dr. King’s speech demonstrates the profound impact public speaking can have on an audience and a nation.

If you have a powerful message, having the chance to deliver a speech before a captive audience is an invaluable opportunity. If you’ve never delivered a speech before, you might be afraid to give it a try. However, in today’s post we’ll look at seven effective steps for building your confidence and speaking masterfully.

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Building a Successful YouTube Channel: Celebrating Over 100,000 Views!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Education, Technology, Videos | 11 comments

YouTube Grammar Vids for KidsWe recently reached over 100,000 views on our YouTube Channel thanks to all of our loyal followers!

What was our secret to generating so many views?

Really, we can only attribute it to all of our wonderful followers and our mission to continue creating fun, free, high-quality educational videos.

YouTube is a great platform for sharing your message, promoting your blog, and building community.

Here at Inkwell Scholars, we use YouTube to host our educational videos. In this post, I’ll share with you the history of how we got started and began developing our grammar video series, and five steps you can follow to also build a successful YouTube Channel.

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your First Website

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Creativity, Technology | 7 comments

Ultimate Guide to Creating Your First Website | Inkwell Scholars

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If you’re a regular reader of the Inkwell Scholars blog, you’re probably incredibly smart and creative, and you’re passionate about inspiring others. And that means you should have your own website.

A website is one of the best ways to showcase your ideas and share them with the world. You can start a blog where you write daily and practice your writing skills. Or set up a website built around a favorite hobby where you teach others how to get involved. If you’re entrepreneurial, you might even be able to turn your website into a business in the future.

In today’s post, I’ve put together a quick and easy guide of six steps to follow as you create your first self-hosted website.

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How And Why You Should Write Every Day

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Productivity, Writer's Block, Writing | 12 comments

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Faulkner’s Typewriter / Photo Credit: Gary Bridgman

Writing classes at the Academy ended in June (congrats to all of the students who completed the spring semester classes!), and here at Inkwell Scholars I’ve been enjoying these lazy summer days and all of the time I’ve been able to devote to numerous hobbies.

But, unfortunately, this means that I’ve been finding myself writing less and less. And that means my writing muscle is beginning to atrophy. Help!

In today’s post, I’ll share several very effective ways to train oneself to write daily all while having fun.

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Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity | 4 comments

Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Your hobbies can make you smarter.

Want to make yourself smarter? Master a new hobby.

Some people enjoy playing the guitar in their free time. Others enjoy studying foreign languages. Others like to play tennis or cook gourmet meals or paint watercolor landscapes. Whatever hobby you seriously pursue, you are teaching yourself a new set of skills that you will be able to use across every area of your life.

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10 Free Foreign Language Learning Resources

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Education, Foreign Language | 7 comments

10 Free Foreign Language Learning Resources | Inkwell Scholars

Start Learning A Foreign Language Today.

Looking for a way to boost your brain power? Why not learn a foreign language?

Research from the National Education Association shows that speaking a foreign language enhances knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary, sharpens memory, strengthens listening skills, and improves reading comprehension. One study found that students scored significantly higher in math and language arts after one semester of foreign language study 90 minutes per week.

In this post, I’ve compiled 10 of the best free online language learning resources that you can use to kick off your foreign language studies.

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