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Green Eggs and E-Books? Thank You, Sam-I-Am - New York Times

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Green Eggs and E-Books? Thank You, Sam-I-Am
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The e-books will be available on color tablets, including the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook HD. The first titles to be released, on Sept.
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I simply love the use of language in Dr. Seuss books. They appeal to a broad audience including high school students that I teach. So, this news is good news!

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Library Currants: Quick and easy ebooks via Readlists

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Generate ebooks by entering URLs, download as epub or Kindle

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What kids think of books, reading and technology [infographic] - Ebook Friendly

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The team from TeachHUB.com, the site devoted to gather and deliver quality resources for K-12 educators, together with Clever Girls Collective, prepared a
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Interesting survey of 1000 k-5 students. 

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Next-generation ebooks introduced at London Book Fair - The Guardian

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The Guardian Next-generation ebooks introduced at London Book Fair The Guardian Fiction edged its way closer to a digital incarnation with the publication this week of an interactive visual version of John Buchan's classic thriller, The Thirty-Nine...
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Choosing an e-reading device for a library [chart] - Ebook Friendly

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Travis Jonker, the School Library Journal writer, wrote a fantastic post about how e-reading devices can be used in schools and libraries. Choosing an e
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Green Eggs and E-Books? Thank You, Sam-I-Am - New York Times

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Green Eggs and E-Books? Thank You, Sam-I-Am
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The e-books will be available on color tablets, including the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook HD. The first titles to be released, on Sept.
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Google Offering Text Books as eBooks on Google Play - GizmoCrave

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GizmoCrave Google Offering Text Books as eBooks on Google Play GizmoCrave These days, the increasing popularity of Android handsets has been helping Google to market their new service well .The new channel for digital textbooks is expected to push...
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The Power of Words

Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.


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Penelope's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:54 AM

 

This beautiful video is a less than 2 minutes, but I guarantee it will be time well spent-- and will give you new "vision".

 

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

 

Link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU&feature=player_embedded

Full Coverage Writers's curator insight, March 15, 2013 8:37 AM

Words truly do have power. It's all in how you order them.

Makali 's curator insight, March 27, 2013 12:06 AM

This is such a moving video, and it just goes to show that the simplest things can have an extreme impact. I feel that power doesn't necessarily rely on how many people there are involved; but how the message is written. The lady could have read the sign felt bad give him some change and walk away, but instead she changed the wording on his sign making his situation something people have a stronger impact to. To me this video showed the great power in words, and just how careful we need to be when using them; because they have enormous impacts.

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15 Common Grammar Mistakes

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"Source for Image Writers Write offers the best writing courses in South Africa."


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Penelope's curator insight, April 9, 2013 1:47 PM

 

This fun and informative infographic sums up several of my pet peeves. If you are going to write--then please learn proper grammar! When I am reading and encounter glaring grammar errors, I just close up the book and put it away.

 

It does take some practice, but this very important part of writing can be accomplished. If I see one more YOUR for YOU'RE or  IT'S for ITS, I think I will just scream!

 

This graphic can be printed out and tacked up on your wall for easy viewing and consulting while writing. Enjoy!

 

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

 

Link to the original infographic: http://writerswrite1.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/15-common-grammar-mistakes/

 

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Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue - Writing Rightly

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Penelope's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:15 AM

 

Yackety Yak. Blah Blah Blah. We talk every day and in every way. Is it always effective talking? Not really. But when it comes to our writing of dialogue inside of our stories, it better be.

 

When a writer goes on for a page or two or three describing what kind of coffee a character is going to order at the cafe, my eyes start to roll back in my head, and I am more than likely to slam the door on that story.

 

Dialogue is war! If you write dialogue--make it tight--and make it right! Make sure it is going to advance your story. I am still basking in the "afterglow" of all of the wonderful dialogue and storytelling from the remake of the "Great Gatsby" movie. Ah, but that is a post for another day.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2010/08/tips-for-writing-effective-dialogue.html

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

very instructive advice. De bons conseils pour écrire des dialogues réalistes.

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Merci'!
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I Admit It: I’m An Abuser. Of Semicolons - Writing Rightly

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Actually only by the strictness of grammatical standards. I’m not a contrarion just because I want people to think I’m cool.


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Penelope's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:19 PM

 

Semicolons are the bane of my existence, so I was thrilled to find this funny commentary on my nemesis.

 

I have to say I am more guilty more of abusing the em (--) dash. Perhaps I could replace a few of my em's with semi's for a change of pace!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://robonwriting.com/2013/06/17/i-admit-it-im-an-abuser-of-semicolons/

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, June 23, 2013 8:03 PM

Great article! The writer illustrates through his writing - and even states it within one of his paragraphs - that when you intentionally break a grammar rule for effect or added meaning, it's okay, justified even. However, FIRST you must have an understanding of all the rules: you gotta know you're breaking them! I often tell my students this same thing.

Penelope's comment, June 24, 2013 2:25 PM
Thanks, Cathy. Great tips from a teacher. Know thy rules; then break them! ;)
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Writers are On a Journey. Everything in Life is a Lesson - PHILOSBOOKS | Writing Rightly

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A writer's life is akin to taking a journey. It is sometimes an arduous trek."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:45 PM

 

Writers are always on a journey, and their journey to getting published is only part of the process. Yes, getting a book published is the goal, but many lessons learned is what happens along the way.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/writers-are-on-a-journey-everything-in-life-is-a-lesson/

Jacques Goyette's comment, June 14, 2013 11:46 PM
Where the heck is the GPS for this journey ? Can't find it on my monitor !
Penelope's comment, June 24, 2013 2:26 PM
I know, Jacques. This journey would sending the GPS into overdrive! ;)
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The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) | WritersDigest.com

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Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.

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Jacques Goyette's comment, August 22, 2013 6:59 PM
I believe my writing to be exempt of these mistakes ! Reassuring !
Penelope's comment, August 22, 2013 8:05 PM
Same here! Mine is utterly perfect! ha!
Jacques Goyette's comment, August 22, 2013 9:02 PM
Ah,ah,ah ! That's the spirit !
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Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly

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Of all the scenes we write, dialogue is the most complex and rich. Most writers I know take several passes to get it right."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 12, 2013 2:17 PM

 

Dialogue is one of those tricky areas that trip up many authors--myself included. As I am writing my first romance novel, I run into areas such as:

 

How much dialogue is enough?

When and where should you insert dialogue?

When should you move from narrator consciousness to talking?

How long should you make the responses?

 

Author Roz Morris gives us seven simple steps to writing great dialogue. You would think most would seem obvious, but some of them are real ah ha! moments. I really appreciate these tips:

 

VISUALS - People move as they talk. They shrug, make faces, cook, clean, etc. Create a picture in your reader's mind. This will create a richer, more dramatic scene.

 

REACTIONS - Are the characters reacting and talking or does their internal dialogue evaporate when they start being vocal?

 

DECLUTTER - Think of your reader when you write dialogue. Readers scan through these scenes quickly, and don't need to be told of every breath and blink. Let your scene sit for a few days, and go back at it with fresh eyes to take out the fat.

 

Header on over to the article to read four more great tips!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/write-great-dialogue-scenes-in-7-steps

 

Editing in Paradise's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:30 PM

What on earth are they saying? With this excellent advice, you can bet it it's worth listening to.

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These 12 questions will help you choose between tablet and e-reader

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A simple questionnaire that will help you recognise your reading needs and choose a relevant device: tablet or e-reader.
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

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E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages (Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Science of Paper vs Screens:Scientific American
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eBooks - Books and Reading - LibGuides at Trinity Grammar School

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Booklists, recommended reading, book blogs and more. All things to do with books in their many different formats. Books online and books for dowloading to your device
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51 Sources Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Free eBooks

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Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: Office, Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Web Development, Windows, Windows Azure, and Windows Server - ...

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Microsoft Small and Midsize business Partner Channel Community Blog dealing with Microsoft programs and solutions such as: Small Business Server, Office, Cloud services, Office 365, Microsoft Partner Network, SharePoint, Windows Server, Exchange...
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Borrow and Lend eBooks Through Open Library - Free Technology ...

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If you're looking for a new-to-you ebook to read during the holidays, take a look at Open Library. The Open Library is a part of the Internet Archive. The Open Library is a collection of more than one million free ebook titles.
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This Itch of Writing: Showing and Telling: the basics

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Writing, talking about writing, reading writing and sometimes hating writing:
a blog by novelist Emma Darwin


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Penelope's curator insight, March 25, 2013 6:03 PM

 

This is one of the best articles I have seen on the Writing Basics of "Showing" and "Telling". The author would rather call it "Evoking" and "Informing" and I tend to agree.

 

Beginning writers naturally do more telling than showing, which is usually where we all begin. Once you get into the process of writing on a regular basis, you want your writing to "evoke" some kind of emotion in the reader.

 

Not that telling is wrong. There is a place for telling. Children's stories will use the "telling" or "informing" of a narrator more than the "showing" or "evoking". Once upon a time...

 

Take a look at the article for some very specific examples, and another helpful writer's tip about "psychic distance".

 

  

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

 

Link to the original article and the full interview: http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html

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5 Ways to Deal with Word Repetition | WritersDigest.com

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Word repetition can really weigh down your writing and slow down readers. Try out these five simple ways to tackle word repetition and improve your writing skills.

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Penelope's curator insight, May 28, 2013 2:00 PM

 

I'm always on the hunt for methods to improve my writing. Here's a quick article to squeeze into your writing day. Five ways to deal with Word Repetition or "WR" as the author calls it:

 

1) Develop your EAR - How does it sound read aloud?

2) Choose your BATTLES - Common words could be repeated

3) PRONOUNS are your friend - Get used to he, she, it, and they

4) NO to ELEGANT VARIATION (EV) - A way to avoid WR

5) Make WORD REPETITION work for You! - Use it strategically

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/5-ways-to-deal-with-word-repetition?et_mid=613492&rid=234992187

 

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The Other Side of the Story: How to Write Characters Who Don't Sound Like You - Writing Rightly

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Antagonists, protagonists, heroes, heroines. How do we find their voices?


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Penelope's curator insight, June 27, 2013 12:36 PM

 

Have you ever read a story with a vanilla villain? If I am reading about an evil antagonist, then I want to feel that badness!

 

Writing our character voices in such a way as to sound different from ourselves is quite a challenge. This article gives us some great questions to answer that we can keep on hand as we are writing that next best-selling novel!

 

1) How do they GREET people? - People say hello differently

2) How do they ANSWER questions? - One word answer or TMI?

3) Do they make QUESTIONS or STATEMENTS? - Make them respond

4) What's their EDUCATION? - Think about their vocabulary

5) Where's their HOMETOWN? - Dialect will vary by region

 

Here's a writing prompt: In 250 words or less, show a conversation with different character voices. Now, go!

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/06/how-to-write-characters-who-dont-sound.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+janicehardy%2FPUtE+%28The+Other+Side+of+the+Story%29

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, June 28, 2013 5:22 PM

Very good advice !

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5 Cases of Excessive Commas - Writing Rightly

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The rules about commas can seem so complicated -- and contradictory -- that writers can (almost) be forgiven for tossing in an extra one or two. Here are several examples of overly generous deployment of commas.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 3, 2013 4:59 PM

 

To comma, or NOT to comma, that is the question, isn't it? ;)

 

If you are puzzling as to where to place a comma, then this is the article for you, or maybe not, or maybe you ought to just peruse the examples, and see if, sometimes, your commas are in the right place, or not.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-cases-of-excessive-commas/

Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:49 AM

I think I'm guilty of doing this from time to time, so this is a useful read.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:17 PM

The important is not to fall COMMAtose ! or to be COMMAholic !

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You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself - Writing Rightly

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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/

Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:20 PM

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

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Hemingway on Writing, Knowledge, and the Dangers of Ego - Writing Rightly

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"All bad writers are in love with the epic."

"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life," Hemingway proclaimed in his short and memorable 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 5, 2013 2:37 PM

 

Hemingway: "True mysticism should not be confused with incompetence in writing which seeks to mystify where there is no mystery but is really only the necessity to fake to cover lack of knowledge or the inability to state clearly."

 

Writing clearly should be the goal of every writer. If you are becoming flowery or showy to cover what you do not know, you are a fake. Other fakes will vouch for you, since they don't want to be found out themselves.

 

Hemingway: "When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."

 

Persons in your story should fairly leap! off the pages, and they should be fully fleshed out, not wooden and dull. They are created but real people the reader gets to know as a friend--or enemy. They should resonate with the reader for a very long time after the book is closed.

 

Hemingway: "There are some things which cannot be learned quickly and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring."

 

Writing is an art form, which only gets better with time--and practice. Practice your craft, write consistently, and learn from others that have been where you are right now.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/04/19/hemingway-on-writing/