Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Slice of Life 6


Jack Gantos Dazzles!

Okay, my darlings, it is time to add another item to your list of reasons why you are so very fortunate to attend ISKL - Jack Gantos, award-winning author, makes a site visit!  Come on! How lucky are you? I hope you enjoyed today's writers workshop as much as I did.  

For my slice, I thought I would summarize the writing tips Mr. Gantos gave us today. 

1.  Writing = Power

As soon as you write something down, people will want to know what you are writing!

2.  Make a map of your house.

On a large piece of paper, draw a map of your house.  Label each of the rooms.  Identify where events happen.  Note significant memories in each room.  List the characters living in the house.

3.  Make a list of common story subjects.

Brainstorm story ideas: brother, sister, pets, sports, disasters.

4.  Write for 15 minutes each day.

Discipline yourself to journaling for 15 minutes every day.  If you do, a story may emerge.

5.  Every story needs structure.

Elements of Writing Structure

  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Problem/Situation
  • Action
  • Crisis
  • Resolution
  • Physical and Emotional Ending

6.  Embrace the revision process.

  • 1st Draft: Just write. Don't worry if it is a "mess".
  • 2nd Draft: Check structure.  Ensure all of the elements are present.
  • 3rd Draft: Check the action.  Can your reader see what you see? 
  • 4th Draft: Add emotion.  Give your story depth.
  • 5th Draft: Add dialogue.  Make your characters speak.  Readers should see the character, not the writer.
  • 6th Draft: Revisit word choice.  Remove words you don't need.  Add snappy adjectives, lively adverbs and vivid imagery.
7.  Publish.

Good diary entry -> better -> better -> better -> better -> best -> Art!

So, now you're ready!  Mr. Gantos has enlightened you!  Let's dare to "improve upon the blank page"!

40 comments:

  1. My sol
    Will this world ever be the same...-http://rwoodward20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  2. My SLice of life : Scariest Moments :l http://znewbolt20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  3. Here is my slice of life day 6~ A poem~: http://ijokela20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-challenge-day-6-sad-poem.html

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  4. Here is my SOL:

    http://hvaliram20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6_4.html

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  5. Slice of Life 6 - http://unaiyar20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6-observations-of-nature.html

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  6. Here is my Slice of life about my readers theater performance to the 2nd grade - http://qmuhammadasri20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6-on-my-way-to-school.html

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  8. Here is my SOL #6 - Page 6 of "Dawn of a New Beginning" - http://tchua20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  9. http://pbjorshol20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6-rage.html lololololol

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  10. Read my Slice of Life #6 to know how I felt during the seminar presented by Jack Gantos himself!

    http://allaneta20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-5_6.html

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  11. http://jcorbett20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  12. Camellia || Slice of Life 6
    http://cpham20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6-1000000.html

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  13. Slice of Life #7 is about my family and the places I traveled to: http://jmoussoundagoma20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  14. SOL #6 is about my family the places I been to: http://jmoussoundagoma20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  15. My link to my slice of life 6: http://hdinh20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  16. SOL #6 ~ Kiwi Krazy ~ http://kgorden20.blogspot.com/2014/03/kiwi-krazy.html

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  17. SOL #6 - http://iarora20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  18. Here is my SOL- http://vrubio20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  19. Esther
    Slice of Life 6
    http://yjyun20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  20. SOL 6 - A doge poem
    http://gsamuelsson20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-day-6_6.html

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  21. SOL 6- http://cwong20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  22. Slice of Life 6 - Wenesday- http://akarimzadeh20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6-wednesday.html

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  23. Mazie~
    Slice of life 6
    http://mkitchens20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  24. Erik-My slice of life 6-http://esbroten20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  25. Click here to look at my Slice of Life 6 - http://kvartdal20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html - Thank you for clicking! :)

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  26. Sorry, I meant to attach this yesterday! http://crathke20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  27. My SoL http://jjonge20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-day-6.html I talk about a thing that would change my life it didn't happen!

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  28. Evelyn's SOL:
    http://eramli20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  29. Ms. Nadaraj's SOL #6: http://theperceptualshift.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  30. Justins SOL#6
    http://jsun20.blogspot.com/2014/03/sol6_6.html

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  31. Daniel SOL 6
    http://ddjerfi20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  32. Richmonds My slice of Life 6 http://rtan20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  33. THIS IS MINE http://jylee20iskl.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.htmls

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  34. Slice of Life: Day 6
    http://mdahl20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-day-6.html

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  35. Slice of Life 6
    http://dsoothi20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6_5.html

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  36. Gigi
    Slice of Life 6
    http://vmcmahon20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  37. http://skundi20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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  38. Here is sclice of life 6
    http://mlivesay20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6-packing-for-kota.html

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  39. http://mmacnab20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-5.html
    this is one of my best slices

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  40. http://mmacnab20.blogspot.com/2014/03/slice-of-life-6.html

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