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Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose ...

Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose ... | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Jack Kerouac wants you to turn writing into “free deviation (association) of mind into limitless blow-on-subject seas of thought, swimming in sea of E.
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Kerouac's method, which “discourages revision… chastises grammatical correctness, and encourages writerly flexibility,” may not result in publishable work for most of us, but they may be a good way to get past writer's block and get words on the page. And if you decide to revise after all, that can be your secret.

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kafa.fi - The House in the Woods

kafa.fi - The House in the Woods | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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A wonderfully evocative collection of images by Finnish photographer Kai Fagerstrom, as he documents Life in Deserted Houses.

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1,000 Years of European History — An Animated Map..


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Looks like this may be a good resource for European history or World history courses
Thomas Faltin's comment, October 1, 2013 10:25 AM
thx all
Femi Adeyemi's curator insight, October 1, 2013 12:16 PM

insightful

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Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors - Writers Write

Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors - Writers Write | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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The important thing is to write!

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li's curator insight, January 1, 2014 1:07 AM

Try to see how much different habits determines a person. Maybe key features of a new tool should be based on basic humanity.

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Agatha, Clerical ‘Wife’ and Wet Nurse to King John of England, Longtime Companion to Godfrey de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester

Agatha, Clerical ‘Wife’ and Wet Nurse to King John of England, Longtime Companion to Godfrey de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Agatha’s life, like that of her mistress Eleanor of Aquitaine, is remarkable in an age when women’s innate inferiority and wives’ subordination to their husbands were almost universally accepted, and discussions of women and marriage in learned treatises,...
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A glimpse into the life of "a non-noble, non-royal, non-religious English woman of the late twelfth- and early thirteenth centuries."

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Damn You Art School | For everything they never teach you in art school.

Damn You Art School | For everything they never teach you in art school. | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

A selection of 378 free and paid-for apps, tools and resources are grouped into handy ‘toolboxes’ across the six disciplines, helping you with everything from sending invoices to sharing sketches on the move to selling your work in an online store.


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A useful collection of resources, from those that are well-known to those that are far more obscure, for creative professionals.

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Rita Taylor's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:02 AM

Currently helping me with the asthetics of scrapbooking/designing my own music book

 

~R

Francesca Loseille's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:43 AM

This ad use the the example/ illustration and narration   by showing how their product can impact a person's life and telling the consumer the story that art school doesn't show its students how use materials to help them create their arts.. This ad use pathos to to futhure carry its meaning to the consumers.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 28, 2013 4:00 PM

This really looks like this site links to some great resources. Have fun checking them out!

 

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How Many Copies Make a Self-Published Bestseller? - GalleyCat

How Many Copies Make a Self-Published Bestseller? - GalleyCat | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
How Many Copies Make a Self-Published Bestseller?
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Useful information for writers considering the self-publishing route. I found the lack of distinction some authors made between copies sold, copies distributed, and copies given away for free a bit disconcerting.

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Authors Guild Shuts Itself Off From Public Criticism, As People Realize It Represents Publishers, Not Authors | Techdirt

Authors Guild Shuts Itself Off From Public Criticism, As People Realize It Represents Publishers, Not Authors | Techdirt | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
We've written numerous times about Scott Turow during his time as head of the Author's Guild, and the amazing thing to me is that despite the fact he's been getting blistering criticism from a variety of people -- including tons of...

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John Ruskin's marriage: what really happened

John Ruskin's marriage: what really happened | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Ruskin's marriage to Effie, annulled for non-consummation, still provokes speculation. A new book may explain everything, writes Michael Prodger
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Philip Roth goes to the prom: photos of famous authors as teenagers

Philip Roth goes to the prom: photos of famous authors as teenagers | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

Even the greats of modern literature had awkward phases.

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mata hari | Jesse Sublett's Little Black Book

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Jesse Sublett reports that Margaret Atwood said, during an NPR interview, that she will retweet the URLs of new authors' novels.

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Have a novel you'd like to tell the world about? Maybe, a bit of help from Margaret Atwood will do the trick.

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The Global Kraken

The Global Kraken | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, the Discovery Channel released the first ever footage of the legendary giant squid in its …

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Kraken. Because you know you want to write a story with kraken in it.

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Ioannis's comment, April 5, 2013 4:07 PM
So true!!!
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7 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

7 Ways to Increase Your Creativity | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Jordan Driediger, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and writer from Toronto, Canada. He is the CEO of his own company DM2 Studios LLC.

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"You are creative!"

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Bárbara Mónica Pérez Moo's curator insight, February 26, 2013 6:51 PM

Definitivamente un artículo, claro, concreto y preciso acerca de la creatividad.

michel verstrepen's curator insight, February 27, 2013 2:19 AM

reminder ;-)

Fanny Pantoja Zepeda's curator insight, March 23, 2013 11:07 AM
"No hay formula específica que nos de creatividad, pero sí hay caminos para llegar a ella"
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How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ... - Gamesauce

How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ... - Gamesauce | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ...
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Writing for video games is an esoteric art. It's very different from writing novels, comics, film scripts or event blog posts like this.
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Because you know you've thought about it!

 

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Great myths die hard

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Finding that part of the story of Louis Pasteur's rabies vaccine is false, Héloïse Dufour and Sean Carroll explore how science fables are born, spread and die.

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This story details how some historic scientific figures have become legends, not because of what they did, but because of what we want to believe they did.

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Spectacles through the ages and period inaccuracies - Medievalists.net

Spectacles through the ages and period inaccuracies - Medievalists.net | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
One of the most annoying errors made in historical entertainment, at least for the optical profession, is the use of spectacles which are inappropriate for the period being depicted.
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Food Representation in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Food Representation in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
He uses food and drink as the means to express people's characters, look, but also mood and situation.
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This bachelor's thesis by student Terezie Marková of Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), examines the ways in which Chaucer depicted social status, virtues and gender through the use of food and food metaphors, and explores how this can help to provide insight into medieval thought patterns and culture.

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Tatsuo Horiuchi | the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist

Tatsuo Horiuchi | the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
"Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle" (2006) | click to enlarge. “I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’” says 73-year old...
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An amazing example of what a creative spirit can do with even the most unusual of tools. Beautiful artwork!

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TalkToYoUniverse: Body and Identity in SF/F - a rich source of inspiration

Author Juliette Wade writes, "This weekend I was reading a couple of stories in preparation for the Nebula Awards weekend (my own small role in which I will tell you about a little later) and I got to thinking about the way bodies are portrayed in science fiction and fantasy."

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Our bodies. We love them and hate them. We live in them. We use them. Everything we do, we do because we have a body, including our more cerebral activities. They are integral to who we are as people, yet we do not want to be defined by them.

 

Our bodies change without our willing it. As we grow from infants to adulthood we gain in body strength and coordination, only to have these attributes taken away again by time. Yet, our own actions can alter our bodies, as can the actions of others. Exercise, accident, and malice have always had the ability to change our bodies in extraordinary ways, and in today's world, our bodies can be changed in ways that were unimaginable only a short time ago, leading to the development of a subculture of body modification.

 

All of this is, as Juliette Wade indicates, a rich source of inspiration for writers, particularly writers of science fiction and fantasy.

 

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Welcome to Authors Road: Lois McMaster Bujold, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Welcome to Authors Road: Lois McMaster Bujold, Science Fiction and Fantasy | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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Lois McMaster Bujold is, hands down, my favorite author. I am always impressed by her ability to develop characters of great depth and humanity within story contexts that never fail to deliver excitement. She is the only author whose work is capable of moving me to tears and laughter (often at the same time) with every reading, even when I've read a work multiple times. I also greatly appreciate her willingness to share her process, as she does in this interview.

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Did people in the Middle Ages take baths?

Did people in the Middle Ages take baths? | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
A closer look shows that baths and bathing were actually quite common in the Middle Ages, but in a different way than one might expect.
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How writing affects your brain

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Source for Image Writers Write offers the best writing courses in South Africa. To find out about Writers Write - How to write a book, or The Plain Language Programme - Writing courses for business...
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Writing is exercise for your brain!

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38 Predictions About the Future

38 Predictions About the Future | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
What will the world look like in the future? This infographis tells us what the future holds for the science and tech world.

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As a writer, I find this set of predictions both interesting and, well, less than overwhelming. I'd like to see more creativity, especially with regard to the "least likely" possibilities, and less focus on tech companies. I'm more interested in thinking about what life might be like, than in which social media giant is on top. What predictions do you have, and what do you think are the odds for or against?

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 22, 2013 3:40 AM

It's not the predictions that matter... it's the catchy infograpic we have to ensnare our students into creating their own predictions... worth using!!!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 19, 2013 5:11 PM

Hmmm can we predict the future... will be interesting to see what happens with these tools.

Stephen Gwilliam's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:40 PM

Q. How are we best preparing our students with 21st century fluencies in our schools given these predictions?

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Exclusive Clip: Philip Roth on His Writing Process (Video) - Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Exclusive Clip: Philip Roth on His Writing Process (Video)
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Speakeasy has an exclusive preview of the film in which Roth, who just turned 80 years old yesterday, delves into his writing process.
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Every writer approaches the writing process from his or her own unique perspective. Here is Philip Roth's.

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