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Updated: Time Warner reportedly in talks to sell most of its magazines to Meredith

Updated: Time Warner reportedly in talks to sell most of its magazines to Meredith | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Time Warner is reportedly looking to sell off most of its magazines to Meredith, the publisher of titles like Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal.

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Romanian writer nominated for literature prize in The Netherlands

Romanian writer nominated for literature prize in The Netherlands | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
  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:...

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Watch Brandon Sanderson Write the New Stormlight Book in Real Time | Tor.com

Watch Brandon Sanderson Write the New Stormlight Book in Real Time | Tor.com | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Brandon Sanderson is releasing videos of his second Stormlight novel! Tor.com has the video, with the analysis of what's awesome about it.
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This is a great opportunity for beginning writers (or anyone else who's curious) to get a peek into the writing process of an established writer.

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The Dell Award - Rules

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A great opportunity for a student who is also a writer. Go for it!

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Girls Growing Up In Later Medieval England

Girls Growing Up In Later Medieval England | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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.
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The Power of One Tiny Kitten

The Power of One Tiny Kitten | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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."

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Former OED editor covertly deleted thousands of words, book claims

Former OED editor covertly deleted thousands of words, book claims | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Efforts to rewrite the dictionary in the 70s and 80s to omit entries with foreign origins described as 'really shocking' by author...
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Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life Inspirational

Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life Inspirational | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

This infographic suggests 29 ways to stay creative.

 

Not all of these methods are likely to work for me (for example, coffee doesn't agree with me, and I think I'm better off because I avoid it), but most of these look helpful.

 


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Elisa Vivancos's comment, December 22, 2012 3:46 AM
http://allinfographics.org/top-29-best-ways-to-stay-creative-in-life-inspirational
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I need motivation to stay creative and this infographic by @all_infographic is a winner.

Ana Gea's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:03 PM

Most importantly- Have fun & Finish something. 

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Words I Never Want to See in Your Novel. Please. | Read > Play > Edit

"When I get to the end of an edit, I generally make a list of the author’s “favorite” words and phrases—words he or she used over and over without realizing it. It’s quite instructive."

 

The perspective of developmental editor and copywriter Jamie Chavez.

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Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it.

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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.
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Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test — The Hathor Legacy

"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!"

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Creativity 'a mental illness'

Creativity 'a mental illness' | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, say experts.
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Story Structure Diagrams « Ingrid's Notes

Story Structure Diagrams « Ingrid's Notes | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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 :)

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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The Writer Librarian: What "The Princess Bride" Can Teach Writers

The Writer Librarian: What "The Princess Bride" Can Teach Writers | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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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.

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Mi Suete Leuedi, Her Mi Béne: The Power and Patronage of the Heroine in Middle English Romance

Mi Suete Leuedi, Her Mi Béne: The Power and Patronage of the Heroine in Middle English Romance | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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.
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The genesis of chivalry project receives £137,000 in funding

The genesis of chivalry project receives £137,000 in funding | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
David Crouch of the University of Hull will be able to explore the origins of chivalry in the Middle Ages after being award a Research Fellowship of £137,629 from the Leverhulme Trust.
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From Fairy Tales to Reality - encore Online

From Fairy Tales to Reality - encore Online | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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From Fairy Tales to Reality
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Her art showcases elements of whimsy and fantasy, depicting scenes from fairy tales, the Bible and her own personal reality.
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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."

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An Invitation to Children’s Book Illustrators

An Invitation to Children’s Book Illustrators | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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...
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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.

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Being Responsive

Being Responsive | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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.

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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.
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15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly | Copyblogger

15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly | Copyblogger | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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.
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The Drawing Board: The Mouse in the House

The Drawing Board: The Mouse in the House | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Although Trick-or-Treating for Halloween is really an American tradition, many English children have adopted it now, including the children here in Chagford.
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The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain | Brain World

The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain | Brain World | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

"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.

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Hitchcock’s Storyboards from 13 Classic Films | FilmmakerIQ.com

Hitchcock’s Storyboards from 13 Classic Films | FilmmakerIQ.com | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

"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."

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Returning Favors With Neighborly Advice | Booming on NYT

Returning Favors With Neighborly Advice | Booming on NYT | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
A writer isn’t too handy with a chain saw but can help the neighbors’ kids formulate their college essays by urging them to let the internal out.
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