The Ultimate Formula for Writing Powerful Thesis Statements

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Education, Videos, Writing | 4 comments

How to Write a Thesis Statement

Special video episode from the Writing Ninjas!

Pop quiz. What’s the most important part of an essay? Answer: The thesis statement. What’s one of the most difficult parts of an essay to write? Answer: The thesis statement.

Well, not anymore. In today’s episode of the new Writing Ninjas video series, I’m sharing a very special how-to formula that will have you writing powerful thesis statements in no time.

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5 Lessons Learned From Writing A Novel In A Month

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Creativity, Productivity, Writing | 12 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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How And Why You Should Write Every Day

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

Faulkner's Typewriter | How to write every day

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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4 Reasons To Keep An Idea Journal

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity, Writing | 5 comments

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Habits of Highly Creative People:
The Idea Journal

Leonardo da Vinci. Marie Curie. 

Thomas Edison. Beatrix Potter.

What do all four of these people have in common?

Not only were they highly motivated and creative individuals, but they also all kept an idea journal.

An idea journal is quite different from a diary. You use an idea journal not to record all of the things that happened to you throughout the day, but to jot down daily goals, achievements, opinions, observations, or bits of inspiration. If you’re working on a project, you can fill the idea journal with updates on your progress, thoughts on how to improve the project, and anything else that motivates you.

A writer’s idea journal might be filled with ideas for stories or articles or blog posts (no need to fear writer’s block when you have an idea journal). An artist’s might contain sketches or inspirations for drawings. Ultimately, the idea journal exists as a private place to plant your ideas and watch them grow.

Here are four reasons why you should keep an idea journal.

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How 5 Famous Writers Conquered Writer’s Block

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Writer's Block, Writing | 4 comments

Calvin Hobbes Writer's Block

Writer’s block is that seemingly insurmountable feeling that stops you from writing. Either you’ve started a story and can’t seem to find the words to continue or you’ve no idea how to begin writing. It’s as if your inspiration inkwell has suddenly dried up.

If you are suffering from writer’s block (or have suffered in the past), you are not alone! Nearly every famous writer has suffered from writer’s block at some point in their career. Thankfully, many writers have shared their methods for how they overcame writer’s block and became successful writers.

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