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#Writing Task 'perfect society' question - ielts-simon.com

Throughout history, people have dreamed of living in a perfect society. However, there is still no agreement about what a perfect society would be like. What, in your opinion, would be the most important element of a perfect society? What can people do to help create an ideal society?


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You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself

You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
You love writing, the process of developing a story idea, fleshing out the characters, “drawing” the setting with your words and crafting the best story that was ever written. Dreams of top awards dance in your head – hold on right there.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:53 PM

 

Whoa, horsey. Before you start envisioning the writing awards that are going to grace your mantle, start at the beginning. If you have chosen "writing" as your profession of choice, then be a "writer," and write! The more you write, the more prolific you become. That should be a given--unless you are meant to be in some other profession. 

 

In any type of business, the company will usually send you to classes to learn different aspects of your job and improve your skills. When I worked for a major computer company, I had to stay over in Chicago for two entire weeks to learn about all the ins and outs of computer hardware. Yawn. Not my strong suit, to be sure, but it was important to my career, nonetheless.

 

Find ways to improve your craft. My Kindle is currently full of "how to" books on creating characters, plotting or writing faster. I just read a fantastic book called "2K-10K," where the author kept meticulous records of when and how many words she wrote, and came up with a simple, but profound method for increasing her output. It opened my eyes.

 

Another easy tip? I just interviewed an award-winning children's author who found a method that worked for her to zoom her writing along. Whenever she hit a snag, and wasn't sure what to write, she filled it up with XXXXXXX's and came back to fill in later. Ingenius!

 

Find your own writing shortcuts, implement them, and those awards will be gracing your mantle before you know it.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://authormingle.com/writing-tips-and-techniques/youre-a-writer-make-it-easy-on-yourself/

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some warm encouraging advice for getting past those writer's block blues ... with quotes from Hemingway.

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THE OTHER 4 TIPS FOR AUTHORS: Tips many may practice, but won’t admit to doing. | Indie Author News

THE OTHER 4 TIPS FOR AUTHORS: Tips many may practice, but won’t admit to doing. | Indie Author News | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
So, here we’re not going to discuss ‘normal’ marketing tips for writers. There are MORE than enough out there and I am sure you need fresh thoughts rather than strategies alone.
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Elton John to get Brits Icon award

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Pop star and songwriter Sir Elton John is to be the first recipient of a new annual honour from the Brit Awards organisers to celebrate major figures in music.
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Google Authorship for Bloggers | Simplicity

Google Authorship for Bloggers | Simplicity | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
If you are a new blogger or a seasoned web copywriter, establishing Google Plus Authorship credentials should be on the top of your to do list. Find out how in this post!
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Theatre Thought: Advice to Recent Arts Graduates - A Younger Theatre

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Having graduated from Drama School in 2009, I have, like most graduates, struggled for work.
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First Annual (Virtual) G+ Bloggers Conference - G+ Hangouts and What You Need to Know About Them

First Annual (Virtual) G+ Bloggers Conference - G+ Hangouts and What You Need to Know About Them

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How to enter the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition - Telegraph.co.uk

How to enter the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition - Telegraph.co.uk | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk How to enter the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition Telegraph.co.uk The new Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition, launched today, offers aspiring writers an unprecedented opportunity to be published at...
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Free non-fiction Kindle books for 11 Jul 13 | Free books for Kindle

Recipes For Gourmet Food Gifts: Edible Handmade Gifts From Your Kitchen by Jill Swanson Whether you are an experienced or beginner cook, Recipes for Gourmet (Free non-fiction Kindle books for 11 Jul 13 http://t.co/sjkkzhq5PD)...
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Community art project vandalized in Langley - globalnews.ca

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Community art project vandalized in Langley
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Vandals have destroyed part of a community art project in Langley, that took 300 hours to complete.
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Melbourn Village College's arts success is music to MEP's ears

Students are excited about a “world” of arts opportunities after Melbourn Village College was selected for a prestigious new European arts, culture and community project.
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Great Kindle Books For Authors - Top 10 Best Great Kindle Books

Great Kindle Books For Authors - Top 10 Best Great Kindle Books | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
The Best Great Kindle Books For Authors products of 2013 with reviews and cost comparisons.
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Asteroid named after Scottish author Iain Banks

Massachusetts scientist Dr Galache successfully applies for asteroid name change after meeting author at book signing (Encore un coup de la #Culture, ça ! RT @neilhimself Iain Banks gets an Asteroid named for him!
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How Reading Can Improve Your Memory

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Reading allows more time to think—to construct, to produce narrative, to imagine—for comprehension and insight.

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International Public Art Quilt with Artists 2 Africa- Jolyn Gardner Campbell

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An International Mixed Media Art Quilt of messages and stories from people all over the world, artfully transformed into unique patterns, images, and designs. (#IPAQ because it's all about COMMUNITY.
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Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela: Trailer released for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela: Trailer released for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
Today cinemagoers got their first look at a full trailer for the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic.
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Everything Books & Authors

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All about authors, writing and free books (Hello!
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How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started) | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it

I'm not going to tell you that you should write every single day, nor am I going to list out reasons that would make my arguments general enough for everyone."


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Penelope's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:29 PM

 

This author makes the case for writing every day and I have to agree with him. Some of the ways that writing can help us:

 

o Writing Helps with RECALL - Remember inportant details

o Writing Keeps Me IN CHECK - Manage your feelings

o Writing Helps Me Share My THOUGHTS - Just get it out!

o Writing Helps Me COMMUNICATE in Life - Become more eloquent

o Writing is REWARDING - Satisfcation from finishing something

 

However, where we part ways in the "how" of the writing. He found that he wrote better and more easily with an app called "Day One" http://dayoneapp.com for the iphone. I personally still like my trusty journal and the feel of the pen to the page. There is no one way to write--just do what feels right to you!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://lifehacker.com/how-writing-regularly-changed-my-life-and-how-you-can-746865755

 

 

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Paperback Treasures: Top Ten Tuesday #24: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Paperback Treasures: Top Ten Tuesday #24: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
RT @JoKnowles: Paperback Treasures: Top Ten Tuesday #24: Authors Who Deserve More Reco... http://t.co/6d48oyXl1J
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Why Bloggers Need Google Plus So Badly | Social Media Today

Why Bloggers Need Google Plus So Badly | Social Media Today | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
Most bloggers simply have no idea what Google+ is all about. They assume that the only social networks they truly need to promote their blogs are Twitter and Facebook. However, this is extremely far from being true.
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Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors - Writers Write

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Google kills links in bios to drive authors to Google+

Google kills links in bios to drive authors to Google+ | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
Back in 2011, Google CEO Larry Page sent a memo to all his employees that their bonuses depend on the success of Google’s social efforts.
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Sir Elton John: 'Lucky to be alive'

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Sir Elton John says he is "lucky to be alive" after being diagnosed with appendicitis - he has had to postpone a series of summer festival dates while he receives treatment.
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London's Floating Cinema returns with a 'horror weekend' - Telegraph.co.uk

London's Floating Cinema returns with a 'horror weekend' - Telegraph.co.uk | Arts, Films and Writing | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk London's Floating Cinema returns with a 'horror weekend' Telegraph.co.uk A weekend of horror films, curated by director Steven Sheil, and a newly commissioned film made by The Culture Show's Michael Smith are among the highlights of...
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Olympic inspired Street Art project rejuvenates Alton site - East Hampshire News

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East Hampshire News Olympic inspired Street Art project rejuvenates Alton site East Hampshire News The project also contributed towards the 8th Alton Scout's art badges and was recognised by the UK Scout Association as part of their national “Do 1...
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