While this topic will be mostly about writing, it may cover a wide variety of other subjects. Writing doesn't occur in a vacuum, it's related to everything we experience, and so a topic about writing can be about anything and everything.
Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu was recently nominated for the European Literature Prize in the Netherlands - Europese Literatuurprijs, for his book (Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu nominated: European Literature prize of the Netherlands (translation:...
Teenage pregnancy and street gossip – but also lessons in housekeeping and good husbandry. Jeremy Goldberg draws on contemporary documents to assess the pluses and minuses of entering adulthood as a woman in the late Middle Ages.
Gracey came into our lives one cold December day. I can't imagine what my life might have been if we hadn't adopted her into our home.
"Gracey has had a tremendous influence on my life. She was the inspiration behind my book The Tiniest Tiger and the catalyst for my career change from specialty food marketing to studying big cats and completing my Master of Zoology degree. Without her entering my life, I might not have had the opportunity to study and live among the Maasai in Kenya or walk alongside the cheetahs in Namibia."
Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.
"While writing Female characters exist to promote male leads for network profits, I realized something I had never quite put together in so many words. It’s important enough to deserve its own article (thanks, Bellatrys!"
Yes, it's true, I've had story structure on the brain. I've also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there's a happy side effect of these two obsessions… this post!
Holy Cow! Here's a blog post with 10 different diagrams on story structure! I doubt you will ever need another story structure diagram after looking at these.
Some are similar. Some have their own unique twist. And then there's the 17 stages of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth to explore. Yikes -- that's a big one!
Of course, the simplest story structure is: problem -- resolution. Add to that a set-up/context in the beginning and a meaningful close at the end, and you are done.
Hah -- would that storytelling could be so simple! As every professional storyteller will tell you, a powerful story is all in the delivery. Still, if you don't follow the structures in these diagrams, you will simply end up with a plot-based description: "I went to the store. I bought some bread. I came home." No story there! I doubt you would pay money for that one.
Soooo -- check out these diagrams, use them to craft your stories, and you are half-way there. Then go work on your delivery :)
Fun post that mixes some writing advice, such as the need for an "effective inciting event" (often referred to as "the hook" in other contexts) and "clear and believable [character] motivations," with a quick look at how solutions to problems found in the movie/novel can help beginning writers with some of the challenges they may face.
The Middle English Romances are somewhat difficult to study as a group. In order to examine these works accurately, one must take into consideration other literature produced at the same tirne, as well as that which preceded it.
encore Online From Fairy Tales to Reality encore Online Her art showcases elements of whimsy and fantasy, depicting scenes from fairy tales, the Bible and her own personal reality.
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:
The artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is currently on exhibition, until March 10, at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina, under the title, "Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald."
We are looking for children’s book illustrators from countries around the world to design bookplates for International Book Giving Day 2013! If you are interested in designing a bookplate, pl...
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:
Are you an artist or illustrator? Would you be willing to contribute an image to help promote International Book Giving Day, February 14, on which people are encouraged to give books to children? This wonderful initiative could use your help.
Today, I looked at the date of my last post and realized it was November 17th, which startled me. I haven’t been good at posting, or at responding to comments. I wanted to explain why, becaus...
A lovely, thoughtful piece on the ways and contexts in which writers respond to others, and how they may appear to be unresponsive (especially online), when, in fact, they are responding to many, in multiple ways.
Making unnecessary grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness as a writer. So, we've assembled the 15 most egregious grammar goofs into one helpful infographic. With this handy reference, you'll never look silly again.
"Children today are saturated in technology—from digital learning games to more advanced interactions like social networking and text messaging. The Internet has changed much about how young people today connect and receive information. Though written off by many parents as pure entertainment or passing fads, these technologies may be having a more lasting impact on how young people learn and retain knowledge. The increasing role of digital and Internet-based programs in classrooms across the country only intensifies these potential effects. A number of recent reports have attempted to quantify the ways in which technological exposure can impact the way the human brain processes and sorts information, and it seems clear that constant exposure can cause change. Whether that change is detrimental is much less certain, however, and for now, technology seems destined to play an ever-growing role in education."
While I can't speak directly to the concerns about technology raised in this article, I feel that it's important to address the presumption that most children being educated in America today are technologically savvy and, as such, are essentially training themselves to success in a wired world post-graduation." While schools across the nation have embraced the use of technology in the classroom, there remain a great many districts that lag behind, and often these are the very districts whose students are more likely to live in environments that reduce their access to learning tools, including books and computers.
As a tutor who works with students at the college level, I see, every day, the tremendous divide between the haves and the have-nots, between the technologically savvy and the technologically illiterate, between the students who have learned critical thinking and those who never learned it. I'm tremendously appalled by the deficits that are so obviously inherent in the educational system that is all our young people have to rely on to help them build a better future. Some of these young people, generally those from families that provide them with economic advantages which include better neighborhoods and schools, have all the tools they need to succeed in college and, thus, in the world of work. But, far, far too often, I see young people who have been cheated out of the future they might have been able to achieve, had they been given the opportunity of a good foundational education, and that includes access to the technology that is integral to today's work world.
"Hitchcock was known for his extensive storyboarding down to the finest detail of production. He was reported to have never even bothered looking through the viewfinder, since he didn’t need to do so. Looking at his storyboards versus the finial film it’s safe to say that is a vast overstatement."