7 Creative Writing Exercises for Young Writers

Encouraging your child’s creative writing skills is one of the fun ways you can help improve their overall academic abilities. The art of crafting their own stories, using descriptive language and understanding the structure of a story, as well as spelling and grammar, all come into play when we write.

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Encourage your children’s creative writing to flourish with fun activities at home.

Studies even show, according to readwritethink.org, that children who learn the art of creative writing, acquire the skills to organize their thoughts, and communicate better. So, by making creative writing a fun activity, you can help kids to be better at reading, and to understand and connect with other people’s writing with greater ease.

According to imaginationsoup.com, there are many activities and ideas you can try to get kids writing. The trick is to find the ones that inspire your children the most and keep the focus on fun. You may be surprised at how their imagination, and vocabulary, come together to create some impressive examples of really great writing.

7 Top Ways to Get Kids Writing:

  • Create activities and games: For example, pick two objects to write about, making certain that don’t have any obvious connections with each other: like ladybug and pencil, strawberry and hat, or truck and swing, for example. Ask them to write a description of each object, giving as much detail as possible. You can choose to set a time limit, which makes the exercise more of a game, but make it reasonable, so they have time to form proper sentence structure. Finally, ask them to look at the two paragraphs they’ve just written, and to write a final paragraph explaining how the two objects are connected. Encourage them to create a connection by making up a short story. Share the creative connections out loud with each other.
  • Write poetry: Start by reading some poems to your writers than ask them to write a few lines of their own poem. It does not have to make sense, but focus on the rhythm that the words create with their sounds.
  • Piece together writing: Create a grab bag of words written on pieces of paper. Draw out three words and ask the kids to write a poem or short story using those three words.
  • Write different poetic forms: Expand their poetry knowledge, from limericks to tetractys, with step-by-step online workshops. This teaches them everything they need to know about structure and rhythm.
  • Finish sentences that leave you hanging: One way to get the creative writing juices flowing is to start kids off with an unfinished sentence and let them decide how to finish it. Make it fun and silly. There are activities online where you can download examples and writing exercises such as these, just in case you need something to spark your own imagination!
  • Thought bubble writing: So if your kids were a cat, what would their thought bubble say? If they were an angry monkey, would that thought bubble be filled with a different tone and expressive language? Create “fill in the thought bubble” worksheets with everything from your dog to the living room sofa. Have your kids write what that object is thinking and express in detail what they may want, what their day has been like, or what their favorite thing is.
  • Write short stories to read at bedtime: Once you have your kids are writing stories, have them write a few bedtime tales that you can read together when you tuck them in at night. Create a collection of stories and publish them so your children have the pride of being an author and let them illustrate their stories too!

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Publish your child’s stories into a real book and make them a bedtime treat.

According to an article on greatschools.org, you need to make it fun. Make writing projects creative, and exciting, and something you can do together. Publishing your child’s writing is another project they can work on with you that supports their creativity and pride in their writing. You can raise the level of fun in writing by publishing your child’s story into a real, professional-looking book. Your child can even help design the book and decide what the finished product will look like.

Look for online sites like Bookemon.com, one of the first to cater to teachers and parents by allowing you to create and publish your own books. It is simple and easy to use, so even your children can do it with impressive, professional results. The free software allows for endless possibilities to publish any type of book.

Simply create a free account and then choose a template to lay out the book. Next, upload any written content from PDF or Word Files onto the pages and customize the pages with a special font or clip art from the menu of options.

Finally, you can upload and edit photos (or even drawings) onto the pages of the book. Once your child has completed their book, you can share it through email, or you can choose to order copies of it to be printed.

Getting started is fun, free, and easy. It will encourage your child to explore the creative writing process, give them the pride of being a published author, and expand their love of books.

5 Tips for Getting Kids to Write a Book at Home

Filling your home with shelves of books is the best thing anyone can do for their child’s education and future. But, studies show that encouraging kids to write when they are not in school also accelerates their reading abilities and academic success.

According to readwritethink.org, children learn to organize their thoughts, write and communicate better once they start writing their own stories. So, by making writing a fun activity at home, you can help kids to be better at reading, and to understand and connect with other people’s writing with greater ease.

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Writing for fun improves reading and communication skills and lets creativity bloom.

The foundation is set when your child is reading at home, and you are reading to your child, (and setting a good example- by reading yourself), but writing projects can greatly support a student’s ability to write and communicate well, which impacts their academic success and their future.

How do You Encourage Your Child to Write at Home?

Once kids walk in that door after school, the last thing on their mind is doing more activities that they consider school work. So getting them to write more at home may seem like a big challenge. But, the answer is simple. According to an article on greatschools.org, you need to make it fun. Make writing projects creative, and exciting, and something you can do together. Here are a few tips:

  • Give them writing space: Kids love anything that is set up to make things more comfortable or adult-like. One idea is to create an “office” for them that is their personal writing space- complete with special paper, sharp pencils, and pens. Add a desk lamp so it is a well-lit workspace. Make it a special, but quiet space in the house, so they can focus on their writing.
  • Start with small projects: Have your child write their own thank you notes or party invitations. Let them see real-life examples where writing skills are required.
  • Encourage journaling: If you journal, share a page out of yours, like where you retell about a great day the family had together, for example. Encourage them to write about their weekend or a family vacation and point out that they can pick up the journal and easily relive special moments (and remember everything important that happened) if they write about it to preserve it.
  • Be a part of the writing project: Write your own journal and let them see you doing it. Make it a family writing time. Then, if your child allows you to read your child’s story and ask questions., get them to expand their details and tell you more.
  • Make the writing project fun: You can raise the level of fun in writing by publishing your child’s story into a real, professional-looking book. Your child can even help design the book and decide what the finished product will look like. Nothing is more fun for kids than really getting into the creative aspect of writing by making books!

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Publishing your child’s writing gives it purpose and it is a fun project to do together.

How Do I Publish My Child’s Book?

With digital publishing sites online, you can take this home writing idea to a whole new level of fun. You can even publish books together. Look for online sites like Bookemon.com, one of the first to cater to teachers and parents by allowing you to create and publish your own books.

It is simple and easy to use, so even your children can do it with impressive, professional results. The free software allows for endless possibilities to publish virtually any type of book. Your child can publish works of fiction, non-fiction, a memoir or even a comic book, and kids gain knowledge about the process of writing and publishing. The possibilities and variety of books are limited only by your imagination.

Start Publishing Together

You may get started with digital bookmaking at Bookemon.com, by logging on and creating a free account. Yes, it really is free to create your entire book online and see exactly what the finished product will look like before you decide if you want to purchase copies. The best part is that there is no obligation for you to buy anything if you don’t wish to.

Once you have your free account set up, you or your child simply chooses a template to use to lay out the book, then upload any written content from PDF or Word Files onto the pages. You or your child can even customize the pages with a special font or clip art from the menu of options.

Finally, you can upload and edit photos (or even drawings) onto the pages of the book. Once your child has completed their book, you can share it through email, or you can choose to order copies of it to be printed.

Preserving their writing is exciting for them and a special project for you keep forever. Getting started is quick and easy and will open up a creative way to encourage more writing at home, have fun together, and a nurture their love of books.

What Can I do with Bookemon?

In today’s frantic pace of life, one is the defining number. This ranges from one-dish-meals to a carryall bag that holds all of life’s essentials. This is also the unique proposition offered by Bookemon – a one-stop destination that fulfills so many needs and requirements. Read on to discover the vast range of what is possible.

Ongoing Journal, Yearbook or Portfolio

Every year unfolds with new milestones and new adventures. Bookemon works as an online binder to which pages and photographs can be added over a period of time. Within these, you can select pages to print or publish or do the same with the entire document when it is complete.

Store and Share

Bookemon offers cloud storage facilities for documents and media such as photographs. These can then be accessed on mobile devices anywhere and anytime they are needed. Documents and media files in the Bookemon cloud can be tagged according to the date or event and different family members can upload content. Privacy settings ensure that only authorized people are able to view these files. These facilities also work well for start-ups and non-profit enterprises, to store minutes of meetings, budgets etc. Pages can be easily moved around, merged or split.

Memory Collection

Most people begin to lag behind when it comes to the overwhelming task of sorting and storing bits of family history. This process soon changes from a happy experience to one riddled with frustration. Writer, Kavita Varma-White asks a pertinent question, “Is there anything more guilt-inducing than a partially filled out baby book?”

Families produce many collectibles. There is the young child who likes to fill pages with drawing, coloring or poetry. It could be a newborn baby who makes a charming subject for a doting parent to record the entire first year in photographs. Do you have old recipes written by hand and handed down through the generations? Every year produces its own share of high and low points – picnics, reunions, births, deaths, sporting successes and marriages to name a few.

Bookemon can be an invaluable tool as a repository of family memories.
Scan pictures, drawings and handwritten documents and store them easily. Re-order and store photographs of special events and special achievements, chronologically and create a photo book. Add pages whenever needed to yearbooks and personal journals. Make your own cookbook by scanning family recipes along with a few photographs, which can become a beautiful gift for a birthday or holiday.

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A repository of family history.

Publication and Print Hub

Use Bookemon as a centralized hub for publication and printing needs by uploading the most recent or ongoing catalog, training manual, instructional book, technical manual, business plan or annual report. This one-stop destination makes it easy for the group to access information, eliminating the need for numerous emails. With Bookemon, all documents can be print-ready through collaborative effort and be available for clients to buy. Documents can be transformed into bookstore-quality publications in just minutes with a print on demand capability.

Book Store and Design Depo

With Bookemon’s personal bookstore or edCenter bookstore, books and catalogs can be stored and sold as easily as from any bookstore. For those wanting to add creative design elements, clip art or images to their document, Bookemon has hundreds of pre-designed templates and designs to choose from. These can be added to documents uploaded in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or even PDF documents. Cover designs can be created and internal pages designed to a high degree of customization, so that the final product is exactly how you want it.

Use Bookemon as a bookstore.

Project Room

Bookemon makes it easy for groups to work on a joint project. Easily upload and share photos, documents, and designed pages among the group, so that everyone can work according to their availability.

With such a wealth of facilities, there is no need to delay any longer. Start creating your book today!

Enter Our Book of the Year Contest and Win Free Books!

Everyone has their best and worst memories of childhood. For many people, these memories center around their school. The usual response to being asked about the school years is, “Oh I could write a book about it!” Well here is a chance to do just that. At Bookemon it is that time of the year when the annual Book of the Year Contest gets underway and this year the topic is: A Book about My School. So dust off those old yearbooks, send out a few messages on social media and spend a few hours on journeys down memory lane to create a book about your school. You just might have a winner!

Write about your school and win!

The Topic

Are you wondering how your school qualified to be the topic for the contest this year? There are at least a couple of very good reasons.

1. Schools shape personality and mold character. The years spent in school provide a great deal more than just an accumulation of information and a certificate. Educational institutions teach invaluable life lessons such as humility in victory and courage in defeat. They instill important values such as honesty, cooperation, team achievement over personal gain and the value of discipline.

2. Schools are the launch pads for our earliest affections. Remember your first best friend, your first gold medal, favorite teacher and subject? The attachments formed in school are often strong enough to decide the future path of a career or a lifelong relationship.

Getting Started

There are a few key factors to writing a good book. Having these sorted out right at the beginning will ensure that the actual writing process is effortless.

1. Pick an angle

Is your book going to tell a story, otherwise known as a narrative angle, take an autobiographical slant or take the form of a descriptive coffee table kind of book about your school?

Forbes contributor Roger Duncan says, “No doubt about it, the best speakers are good storytellers. The best writers are good storytellers. The best leaders are good storytellers. The best teachers and trainers and coaches are good storytellers. It might even be argued that the best parents are good storytellers.”

The narrative technique is widely recognized as the most powerful way to attract a readership and it works just as well when self-publishing a book. However, the important thing is to pick the angle that best enables the writer to produce his or her masterpiece. So if factual is more your style, then surely go for it!

2. Get it Done

So all the research is done, the best angle picked, the photographs sorted and then along comes the biggest hurdle – the actual writing. This is the scenario most new writers and even many seasoned veterans face time and again. Online book publishing with a site such as ours is as easy as it gets – after the book is written! To get it written, follow simple steps such as writing just one page of 300 words every day, creating an outline of chapters and word counts, creating a permanent place in the house only for writing and getting feedback as the book takes shape.

Write a little, or a lot, everyday,

The person who wins the first prize in the contest gets 10 free books from us! The second prize winner gets five free books and third place gets three free books. This could be a great chance to expand your personal library with a selection of wonderful books. Start creating your book today!

How to Put the “Fun” in Fundraising

As an educator, your mission is to teach and develop your students’ ability to write and communicate effectively. It is a vital skill for their academic ease and success as well as their future employment. But what if you could combine the creative process of writing a book with the pride that comes with raising funds for the class or their school? If this sounds interesting, there are online sites that can help you plan and orchestrate the perfect book making/Fundraising.

Writing is an essential part of life and communication as well as being a skill that employers within a myriad of professions will look for. The best way for kids to develop these skills is through writing their own stories to share.

Children also learn to better organize their thoughts, and even communicate better by crafting their own stories, according to an article on readwritethink.org. Writing also helps improve reading skills, and helps kids to understand and connect with other people’s writing with greater ease.

Students can easily take their writing skills to the next level and make their own real book.
So, if you have considered a class project where students create their own book, you might want to add to the fun and make it a class or school (get other teachers and their classrooms involved) fundraiser.

What’s the Story?

There are online sites like Bookemon.com, one of the first to cater to teachers with a special edCenter that allows your class to create and publish their own book with impressive, professional results, then to orchestrate a fundraiser where parents can order their child’s book and a portion of their purchase goes toward your fundraising event.

Writing, creativity with photographs or illustrations, and the entire process of organizing and making a book can be a huge source of pride for students. Knowing that their work is helping raise funds for their class or school is even more inspiring.

Welcome to edCenter, Where Their Books Become a Reality

Bookemon created edCenter for educators like you to set up a secure, private and friendly environment for their students and fellow staff members to create, purchase or sell their books. Essentially, an edCenter can be created for your individual class, as a special group project, fundraiser or for a specific grade level of students at your school. It may also be used by those in a school-related non-profit organization.

First, students write their book, save it in a Word Document, PDF file, or jpg image, and then it can be uploaded into Bookemon’s easy to use book making templates in your edCenter. Students choose where photos or illustrations go and can even add special fonts and clip art. It is creative fun!

Meanwhile, edCenter gives you, the educator, access and the ability to guide your students’ book projects, but the digital software is so complete (with all those templates, clipart, and easy to use design tools) that this project can really be managed well by students with very successful results.

How to Get Started with Your Student Book fundraiser

First, join the Educator Program, by going to our Educator’s Program Page at www.bookemon.com/educator-home, click “Join Educator Program”. There your will identify your position at your school in the following categories: teacher, administrator, staff member, or support group, Select your K-12 school, non-profit organization or college from our Educator’s Program database and then you are allowed to create your edCenter, while completing your membership registration, or you may wait until after you have joined the Educator Program at Bookemon.

How an edCenter Fundraiser Works

Once your students have created their books with Bookemon’s digital software accessed through your edCenter, it is time to get the books in your edCenter bookstore. This is a central place where all of the edCenter published books including public or edCenter member only books are listed.

Creating your bookstore is easy. When you initially create your edCenter, you are provided with the steps to set up your edCenter Bookstore, name, passcode and mission statement to introduce your edCenter bookstore for your fundraising or rewards.

You can also set up the edCenter bookstore anytime, by signing in and entering your class edCenter, you can always find “edCenterStore” on navigation bar. Click it and you will be able to “set store passcode” or “reset store passcode” for your edCenter member only books.

To share your edCenter bookstore, you can always find “edCenterStore” on navigation bar after you enter the edCenter. Click “invite parents to store” where you can fill the email addresses where you want to send the passcode. This way, parents can buy the books created within edCenter easily without using kids’ or your login information.

Parents can buy edCenter only books anytime they want simply visiting the edCenter bookstore, and they can find the book they wish to buy with the passcode provided. It will eliminate your administrative work to collect money, order and distribute the books.

Access to your class’s edCenter bookstore is controlled by your exclusive passcode assigned by you, the founder of the store, and sent to parents in that invitational email. Only those with the passcode can view and purchase the edCenter member only books.

You raise funds through the sale of each book, essentially by setting up author profit when you publish the books. For example, if you set author profit for each book as $2.00, then every time a copy sold to people other than yourself, your fundraiser earns $2.00. You can set the value to whatever you wish, as long as you think it will still sell, but it should not exceed 50% of base price. The base price is listed during your publish process. As an author, you buy your book at base price all the time.

Safeguards for Student Accounts

Student accounts are designed to help educators enroll their students into the edCenter without the use of email invitations. Additional safeguards are in place for these accounts, like activities online are confined within the edCenter, in a secluded online environment. All student accounts are linked to the educator that creates the edCenter. So, any communication from Bookemon to the student members would be sent to the email address of the founder.

More Benefits of an edCenter Fundraiser:

  • Group Privacy: At your discretion, books and information can only be accessed by members.
  • Student Accounts: Teachers can add student accounts for added privacy and ease of oversight on students’ works.
  • Free for educators: There is no cost to create your own edCenter. There is no obligation to purchase.
  • Educator Discount on Purchases: You receive 10% off the cost of books you purchased.
  • Mobile Access: Using bookPress or Bookemon Mobile apps, you can access your edCenter via iPhone, iPad or Android devices.
  • Membership Control: Management tools for founder/administrators to control who can join your group.
  • Ability for Group Collaboration: Members within the group can create book collaboratively.

Access to bCloud for edCenter

If you would like a secure, online storage space for edCenter members to capture favorite photos, documents, page designs and artwork, bCloud is a feature that provides that secure space to contribute photos, creative writings and designs, which can be sent from an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or a PC. This allows complete collaboration on a yearbook or other group project, allowing students and staff to create a collective keepsake together.

Perfect for Student Learning and a Fun Fundraiser

There may be a few options out there, but you want to choose a format that is easy to use, allows students to be able to customize their book, the overall design, all the small details right down to the font. This gives students the ability to really make their book their own. Fundraising with student book sales is simple, fun, requires no money collection or delivery issues for you to manage, and the product is something parents will want to buy.

The free software allows for endless possibilities to publish virtually any type of book. Students can publish works of fiction, non-fiction, a memoir or even a comic book. Class photos can be preserved into a keepsake book that can be purchased by parents, which makes the perfect fundraising project!

The variety of books students can create, and fund raise with, is limited only by their imagination. Getting started is quick and easy and will open up a world of learning possibilities for your students and well as put the fun back in fundraising.

Don’t Just Tell Tall Tales – Write Them

Do you have a talent for telling tall tales? Can you craft stories that delve into the world of fantasy, but are so detailed that they actually seem believable? If you do, you should be using your talent for more than just storytelling around a campfire or a creative bedtime tale; you should be writing them (and preserving them) in a book.

Children and adults love to believe that a fantastic fantasy world exists, which is why tall tales are so popular. Children often begin to grow and express their imagination by telling tall tales, and for some, their story-telling skill continues to grow into adulthood.

If telling tall tales is one of your passions, write and preserve them to publish and share.

  • Perhaps that is how you began, telling an innocent, imaginative fib, like you saw a dinosaur at school and he took you to a lost world where you ate ice cream. Some parents may try and squelch this creativity, and get concerned when a child tells what the parent feels is a lie. But experts say that fibs are nothing to worry about when they are simply tall tales that fuel the imagination and are so entertaining to hear or read about.In fact, some experts recommend a parent engages in the fantasy and shows the child that they are interested in their world. Imagination is born. It is believed that tall tales began way back in the 1800s when frontiersmen would gather around the fire and would compete for who had experienced the wildest adventure. They are part of American folk literature.So, if you or your child have wild and entertaining tall tales to tell, one great way to compile your stories is to create a book. This is something you could hand down through the generations, give as gifts to friends, and family and treasure reading together at bedtime or as you gather around summer campfires.

    What is a Tall Tale?
    Essentially, a tall tale has wildly exaggerated elements to the story. Whether it is giants, or talking vegetables, or a doll that comes to life, your story will need to explore the impossible and there are many examples out there that you can follow; like the story of Paul Bunyan.

    Here are a few tips to spark your creativity and get you started:

  • Begin with a story that is typically relatable to anyone. Like you are walking in the park or collecting shells in the sand along the beach. Used plenty of detailed words to describe the setting. Make it real for the reader.
  • As you dive into telling the “tall” part of the tale, remember that the more outrageous and exaggerated the better. You did not just battle a big sea shell but you were almost eaten by a gigantic one, the size of an elephant. Again, use plenty of descriptive words to paint the picture for the reader.
  • Keep it short. You want to take the reader on a short, incredible journey while you hold their attention and imagination.
  • End the story with a cliffhanger. Like there could be another adventure coming because the story was not completely resolved. For example, the mammoth sea shell slipped into the waves but vowed to return to fight again. Get the idea? The adventure has the potential to continue, and your reader could encounter this giant one day.

Your tales can take a reader on an incredible adventure, but only if you write them down.

Publishing Your Tall Tale

The next step, once the tale is written, is to preserve it in your own book. You could piece together your own book, or use a kit from the craft store, but if you really want to create a beautiful, professional-looking keepsake that is treasured year-after-year, than publishing your book through a site like Bookemon is a quick, affordable solution.

It will cost you nothing to get started on your book and it is very simple to do. First, create a free account, then upload the content of your book from PDF or Word Files. Next you can customize the pages and layout with the easy to use tools and templates. You can even upload and edit photos or illustrations to your book and add special borders and clip art.

Once you have created a professional high-quality book, you can share it through email or social media or you can choose to purchase and order printed copies. The results are a beautiful book that looks like it came from your favorite bookstore.

Whatever your tall tale adventure, digital book-making with Bookemon, will provide professional looking results, quickly, easily, and will transform your tales into a keepsake for your family to treasure. Start creating your book today!

Thought Leader Series: To Impress Recruiters Create a Hardbound Portfolio of Your Career Experience

Mark Babbitt is the CEO and Founder of YouTern, a Forbes “Top Site for Your Career,” and is co-author of A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive.

Although it’s improving, the job market remains ultra-competitive – and many job seekers are looking for any edge that will help them stand out.

Infographic resumes, video introductions, mini-business plans – even making your resume look like an Amazon product page – have all been tried. Some successfully… some not so much.

Here’s one idea you may not have thought of yet: A hardbound book that outlines your career experience, page by page. Here’s how to use this unique personal branding strategy successfully.

Create a Compelling Title

Step one is to create a title that will grab the attention of the hiring manager – somewhere between a boring cliché (“Mary Stevens: Recent Graduate from Sycamore State”) and overzealous (“Mary Stevens: The Best Hire You Will EVER Make!’).

Something that shows humble confidence works best. For instance: “Mary Stevens: Ready to Help Your Business Succeed.” If you are so inclined, and the company culture most attractive to you leans toward edgy and bold, try “Mary Stevens: Ready to Help Your Company with World Domination.”

Tell Your Story

Every good book has a solid beginning that hooks the reader, a middle that moves the plot along and intrigues the reader, and a fulfilling ending that nicely ties everything together including – preferably, for you and the company – a happy ending! (More on that in a minute.)

Guide the hiring manager through your story by answering these three questions:

  • What am I really, really good at? And why does your company need that?
  • What do I stand for … and how is that aligned with the culture and mission of the company?
  • How will I add value; specifically, how will my skills help achieve the organization’s goals?

IMPORTANT: As you tell your tale, be sure to make the story about the reader, not you. Take a “here’s what’s in this for you” approach rather than “here’s what I’m looking for” perspective.

Use Numbers and Dollar Signs

Your future employer doesn’t so much care about what you did at work. They want to know what impact your work had on the organization. So as you weave your story, talk about your direct impact to previous employers by using numbers, the dollar sign and the percentage sign. For example:

  • Exceeded quota by 132% over two years
  • Promoted three times in 18 months at ABC Company
  • My fundraising efforts lead to an additional $27,000 in donations, which enabled the organization to feed 125 more children in 2014

Remember, this is a non-fiction book … your book can’t be a fairy tale! So use accurate figures to demonstrate your impact and contributions.

Everyone Loves a Picture Book

Throughout your book, sprinkle in images that support your most important points. Graphs, examples of your work, and logos of the companies you worked for, or with, all lend instant credibility to your story. Other examples may include:

  • If you are in the creative fields, this chapter of your book is incredibly important; this is where you show off your best work!
  • If you are an engineer or business major and worked on a relevant class project, show pictures of your team working together as well as the end result of your work.
  • If you demonstrated leadership during college or are doing volunteer work now, use images to reinforce the passion you brought to those roles.

Write That Happy Ending

Finally, in the last chapter of your career book, show the reader what success looks like – with you in that role!

  • How will you be a champion of the brand?
  • What will you accomplish in your first 30 days? 90 days? Your first year?
  • How do members of your team work together two years from now?
  • How will you have helped move the company mission forward?

Use your words and images to draw them a picture … so they see you as the person they need to hire!

The moral of the story

Be creative. Have fun. Show your unique value, and personality. A hardbound portfolio just may help you turn the next page in your career.

Start creating your book now!

How to Make a Travel Journal

If you love to travel, you probably possess a deep appreciation for experiencing new sights, sounds, meeting new people, and perhaps even immersing yourself in a totally different culture. Travel expands the mind and there is so much out there for you to explore.

But how do you document and preserve your travel experiences? Taking photos is sometimes not enough; you want to journal the whole trip in a way that does it justice. The solution is to create your own travel journal, and it is simple to do.

Document your next adventure by documenting your experiences in a travel journal.

If your tickets are bought and you are counting the minutes until you depart, it is the perfect time to plan how you will write your travel journal. You can, of course, do this for trips you have already completed, as long as the experience is still fresh in your memory, so that you can include all of those important details about your travel experience.

Your Journal as a Travel Memoir

When it comes time to write for your travel journal, you may wonder where to begin. It is best to take a notebook or your laptop with you, because a well-written journal captures the experiences in the moment. Write your thoughts as soon as possible about each day’s experience. Here are a few other tips to get you started:

  • Take Lots of Notes: It is wise to document all the really important moments, so you can include them in the journal. It is so easy to forget something unless you write it down! Have a small notebook with you at all times to jot down reminders or any special detail you want to remember to include.

Decide if this journal is for you or if you will share with your friends. This could have an impact on what you may want to include in you journaling and it sets the tone for how you write it.

  • Choose Your Audience: Decide if this journal is for you or if you will share with your friends. This could have an impact on what you may want to include in you journaling and it sets the tone for how you write it.
  • Choose What Experiences to Include: You don’t want to write something the length of War and Peace. Your travel journal should highlight the places and experiences that you will want to remember from your trip when you look back on it 20 years from now. Choose what you think you will want to remember most.
  • Making the Journal a Good Read

How your write the journal can either sound like you are listing off your itinerary (kind of boring) or it can take your readers on the journey with you. By all means include a synopsis of your itinerary, but it should expand with details that bring it to life:

  • Include your route plotted on a map.


  • List and describe some of the people you meet on your journey (include photos of them if you can).


  • Describe people places and things in detail. Cuisine is often a big part of travel experiences, so if that is true for your trip, include some description of your meals and take some photos to go with it.

Write the details you wish to remember about your journey down as they happen.

What Not to Do When Travel Journaling

  • Don’t use the same words repetitively; search for the right words to describe things as you see them and capture the story of your trip. Avoid listing anything; don’t write “and then we did this, and then I did that”. Take the reader on the journey with you, as if you were telling your best friend about your adventure.


  • Include small details about how the destination made you feel. Write about the sounds or aromas, and tap into all that your senses experienced. Include some dialog if there were meaningful or funny conversations you want to remember.Capture the Trip with Visuals

    The journal is not complete without visual images. You can sketch some of the buildings you see, or the people you meet, to help store them in your memory. If drawing is not your thing, take numerous, captivating, pictures with your phone or camera to illustrate your journal.

    Save your ticket stubs or any unique bottle labels. You can scan them into a PDF document and include them as visual images in your journal.

    Publishing your Travel Journal

    Once you are back from your trip it is time to preserve your journal. Think it will be hard to do? Think again. Navigating the airports or the road maps you used on your trip was probably more difficult!

    With digital bookmaking, you can go online to sites like Bookemon.com, where the process is simple, fast, and fun. The result is a professionally published book that looks straight out of the travel section of your local bookstore. Along with being incredibly easy, it is also affordable enough that you can choose to order extra copies and share your travel journal with friends and family.

    First go online and register for a free account with Bookemon, and then pick a template for your book’s layout. Next, upload your content directly from PDF or Word files and then adjust and customize the pages. You design the entire book with a few clicks, from choosing a special font for your written content to adding clip art from the menu of options. Finally, you can upload and edit photos or drawings directly to the pages of your book.

    Preserving your experiences in a travel journal can provide you joy many years from now as you read your own thoughts and look back on all the amazing things that you saw throughout your journey.

    You will be thankful that you preserved your memories in a way that stands the test of time. Try it out for free. There is no obligation to buy anything unless you choose to purchase affordability priced copies of your journal to share.

Expert Interview Series: Cindy Hudson with Mother Daughter Book Club.com About Why Writing a Book is Good for You AND Your Children

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents, ” author Emilie Buchwald once said.

And she was on to something. Reading offers an opportunity to spend quality time with your children while also setting them up for success.

We recently caught up with one parent who even went as far as to start a book club with her daughter.

Cindy Hudson is the author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs, and is also the creator of MotherDaughterBookClub.com.

Here she talks about the benefits she’s found in writing a book and the rewards of starting a book club with her child.

How can writing a book be a great experience?

1. Writing a book, especially nonfiction, can help you spread the news about something you are passionate about to others.

2. While researching and writing, you are likely to discover more about your topic than you knew when you got started.

3. You often get to connect with other people who are interested in the same things you are. I have stayed in touch with several moms, authors and librarians that I met while researching my book.

4. Talking about your book with the new people you meet often leads to interesting conversations.

How can it benefit your children?

Having the ability to read well impacts so many aspects of a person’s life. When children see their parents reading and writing, they are more likely to engage in these activities themselves and develop higher literacy skills.

How did you (and your family) get into writing/book clubs?

Reading has always been a big part of our family life. From the time my two daughters were born, my husband and I both sat with them and read. First, there were board books that were easy for their baby fingers to grasp and turn. Then came picture books. We started reading classic children’s tales to them long before they could read themselves, because they could understand the story.

I was in a book club with other adult friends, where I saw the value of talking about books as a way of tackling big issues. So I decided to start a book club with my oldest daughter, who was then 9, and other moms and their daughters. It was such a hit my younger daughter couldn’t wait to turn 9 and get started in a book club of her own.

When planning the meetings we hosted, I discovered that there were few resources out there to help out people in mother-daughter or parent-child book clubs that I decided to write a book based on my own experiences, including the advice of authors, librarians and other experts.

How has it impacted your family?

I know that the book clubs in the book I wrote have encouraged all of us to keep reading together, which I believe has led to a greater depth of understanding about our distinct personalities, and has helped us to remain close as a family over the years.

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How to Write a Picture Story Book

A child’s healthy love of books often begins when they discover the magic hidden in a great picture storybook; one that they can connect with or relate to. Do you remember a few special books from your childhood, those stories that seemed like they were written just for you? Do you wish you could create the perfect picture storybook, written just for your child?

There are many great books already out there, perhaps some you enjoyed when you were a child, but nothing beats a story that is personal. The good news is you actually can create your own picture storybook, personalized with your own message, illustrations, or pictures, and make it extra magical for your child.

Children develop a love of books early on, beginning with picture storybooks.

Who knows your child (or grandchild) better than you? Think about how they would react to a book where the main character is their favorite toy, stuffed animal, doll, or even a book where they themselves are the hero. You could craft your story to be personally relatable to what is happening in their life right now ( like starting pre-school, getting a new baby brother or sister, helping around the house, or learning to share more with siblings), then capture their attention with photos of them and the people they love throughout the book.

A Few Ideas to Inspire

You picture storybook can inspire your child to try and succeed in facing the everyday challenges they face and even some of the common fears they may have. Children often connect with the messages woven into stories better than they do with the advice or guidance from the adults in their life.

Experts say, that a book is also a great way to share a tale that teaches children important life lessons, as well as entertains them. You could focus the story you create on valuable things like:

  • Showing gratitude
  • Being kind
  • Helping others
  • The importance of telling the truth.

Maybe consider making the picture storybook about a precious memory, like the story of their birth. Remember that pictures or even your own illustrations can be included.

Perhaps this all sounds wonderful, but you question your craftiness abilities and have no idea where to begin. Relax. There are amazing, easy to use, websites, like Bookemon.com, where anyone can create and publish a picture storybook and achieve professional looking results.

With online digital bookmaking software, anyone can create beautiful books for their children.

You can get started with digital book-making at Bookemon.com, by logging on and creating a free account. Yes, it really is free to create your entire book online, and see exactly what the finished product will look like, and then decide if you want to purchase copies. But, there is no obligation for you to buy anything if you don’t wish to.

This amazing software gives you the tools you need, simple steps to follow, and the process is so simple and fun, you may want to make more than one book once you see what you able to create yourself. Prepare to amaze yourself with your creativity.

How it Works

Once you have your free account set up, you simply choose the template you want to use to lay out your book, then upload any written content from PDF or Word Files, and customize the pages with a special font or clip art from the menu of options.

Next, you can upload and edit photos or even your own drawings to the pages of your book. There are endless possibilities in what you can create and the professional looking results you will see when you are done may inspire you to make several beautiful picture storybooks that your child will love and treasure forever. Your books could be great, personal gifts for all the children in your life.

Get started today! It’s simple, fun, and it costs nothing to give it a try.