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10 Best Apps for Journalists

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Being a journalist is a tough job, and with so many minute details to be captured, an assistant can surely help the cause.
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The Story Template: Amy Deardon: How Do You Become a Writer?

The Story Template: Amy Deardon: How Do You Become a Writer? | writing | Scoop.it
Go to writing conferences. If you are OK with Christian values, you may want to join ACFW which is an incredible loop of 2000+ writers, agents and editors. They offer advice, free online courses, and writing contests with ...
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Online Creative Writing Courses Offered Free by Top Universities and Educational Websites

Online Creative Writing Courses Offered Free by Top Universities and Educational Websites | writing | Scoop.it

Free courses are a great way to improve your writing skills. The courses shown here focus on several types of creative writing, including poetry, essay writing and fiction writing.


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BBC Learning - English : Free resources and online courses

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"Your guide to English learning resources and online courses :

learn English online with this guide to English learning websites: revisions and free courses in creative writing, grammar and spelling."

 


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Free Writing Resources | Time4Writing

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In addition to 8-week online writing courses, Time4Writing provides free writing resources to help parents and educators teach writing more

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Writing A Blog Tips That Will Get Your Name Out There!

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A blog may be a way of growing your business, an entertaining hobby, or a way of connecting with new people. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, your blog is a way of expressing yourself.

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Letter writers need to research before writing

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Duncan - I find it annoying and insulting to read letters to the editor that are written without any research.These letters mention that management salaries have to be re-evaluated. If letter writers.

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Duncan - I find it annoying and insulting to read letters to the editor that are written without any research.

 

These letters mention that management salaries have to be re-evaluated. If letter writers would have done their research, they would have noticed in the 2011 union wage summary of B.C. Ferries posted on its website showed that more than 900 union employees made a salary of over $75,000 in wages with a generous taxpayer-funded benefit plan.

 

They would have also noticed that 262 union employees were paid a total of $2,268,565 in short term incentive pay, in other words, bonuses.

 

Today's present rate of pay for a gift shop cashier on the ferry is $24.49 per hour, ticket attendant at boarding booth, $24.85 per hour, coffee shop attendant, $23.35 per hour, and a third cook, $27.51 per hour. That's right, not first cook. - See more at: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/opinion/letter-writers-need-to-research-before-writing-1.693058#sthash.zEfxtMhy.dpuf

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Writing A Book: What Happens After The First Draft?

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Maybe you ‘won’ NaNo or maybe you have the first draft of another book in your drawer, but we all need to take the next step in the process in order to end up with a finished product.

 

Here’s my process, and I believe it’s relevant whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction.


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Proofreading Marks and Tips for Writers

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A beginner's guide to understanding proofreading. This article gives tips, tricks, and a checklist for new writers who are overwhelmed with the editing process.

Whether you are an author of a juicy novel or a content writer for the Web, learning how to proofread your work is almost as important as the writing itself. When you are working with a large document, it is advisable that you find someone else to do the editing for you, but it is still crucial that you learn how to polish and revise your work before sending it out to agents, publishers, or clients.

Charts of shorthand proofreading marks
Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations
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Different types of editing and proofing
Many beginners wrongly assume that editing and revising happens by reading your document a couple of times, looking for mistakes and problems. The problem is that it is very difficult to spot all the issues with the work, since the type of concentration you need to identify grammar problems is very different than looking at the story as a whole. Here are the three main categories of editing. There may be more, but most of them can fit under this umbrella.

Development
When you revise a document or manuscript, this type of editing looks for holes in your plot. If it is an article, you are looking at the substance. Do the arguments make sense? Is there enough evidence or meat for your topic? With a story, are the characters believable? This type of editing can also involve looking at your book's marketability and target audience.

Grammar
With this type of editing, you are looking specifically for awkward phrases, misplaced punctuation, grammar problems, and spelling errors. Sometimes this is called line editing. You are digging deep into the structure of your writing, looking for ways to make each sentence perfect. You also need to make sure your tone is consistent through the whole thing. People who don't pay close attention to point of view changes will notice problems during this phase.

Proofing
In this category, your goal is to look for consistency in the formatting of your document. Are all the headings the same size? Indentations, page breaks, and other formatting issues are corrected. Depending on the way you publish (ebook, blog, Word doc, etc.), your formatting may have to adjust. With non-fiction writing, you have to make sure all your images, tables, graphs, and footnotes are properly arranged.

This little adjustment adds style and professionalism to your document or manuscript.
Source: Julie DeNeen 2012
Proofreading checklist
When it is time to format your document (keep reading to see the writer's editing plan, which recommends that you format and proofread last), do the "scan it" approach. For each line item below, go through the whole document looking at just that one point. Then do it again for each point. This way, you are sure not to miss anything. Check it off when you've reviewed each category. It should go pretty quickly because you are not really reading, but more scanning.


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An Introduction to Freewriting | WritersDigest.com

An Introduction to Freewriting | WritersDigest.com | writing | Scoop.it
Every writer should try their hand at freewriting. It can spark your creativity, help you brainstorm new story ideas, or find your inner voice.

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Free Online Writing Courses - BubbleCow

Free Online Writing Courses - BubbleCow | writing | Scoop.it

Writing courses are becoming part of many writer’s route to publication. In fact the rise in popularity of writing courses means that writers are overwhelmed with choice. It is now possible to attend traditional writing courses or even join up to a free online writing courses.


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Writing and Humanistic Studies | MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials

Writing and Humanistic Studies | MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials | writing | Scoop.it
MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies courses available online and for free.

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Ayuda para aprender diferentes tipos de escritura: desde la prosa, a la poesía, la comunicación científica, etc. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Recurso seleccionado por la BUC

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7 Excellent Free Online Writing Courses to Improve Your Web Writing Skills

7 Excellent Free Online Writing Courses to Improve Your Web Writing Skills | writing | Scoop.it
Freelancers are always looking for new ways to stay strong in a competitive marketplace. These free courses will improve your writing on many levels and give you the valuable skills you need to grow as a web writer.
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Free Writing Resources | Time4Writing

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In addition to 8-week online writing courses, Time4Writing provides free writing resources to help parents and educators teach writing more

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Our View: The demise of cursive writing | Northwest Herald

A thoughtful reader recently pointed us to what she believed was an important issue that she hadn’t seen addressed: a lack of instruction in cursive writing in area schools.


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A thoughtful reader recently pointed us to what she believed was an important issue that she hadn’t seen addressed: a lack of instruction in cursive writing in area schools.

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Cursive writing and penmanship

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I recently came across an Associated Press newspaper article from 2009 with the heading “Cursive writing may be fading skill.”

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I recently came across an Associated Press newspaper article from 2009 with the heading “Cursive writing may be fading skill.”  

It was not too long ago that I learned that “cursive” writing is what they called “longhand” writing in the old days. The revelation that longhand was probably going the way of the party line and princess phones was disturbing to me.  

Throughout history, good handwriting has been considered a skill. Being able to write legibly was important. The ability to record history and communicate was completely reliant on the hand-written word.  Now, according to the article, writing in longhand is a “fading skill.”

Back in the days of my youth, having a nice handwriting was something to be proud of.  “You have nice handwriting” was a real compliment. A nice signature was even better. People took pride in their signature and worked hard to get it right.

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The Death of Letter-Writing

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How does the constant influx of email affect the process of creative writing?

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In recent years, a number of journalists and critics have lamented the death of the literary letter. The publication of Saul Bellow’s letters in 2010 and William Styron’s last year were accompanied by waves of speculation about how many more such collections we can expect. There was also no small amount of hand-wringing about how “The Collected Emails of Dave Eggers” (or whomever) will never cast quite the same spell.

These are legitimate concerns. But a less remarked upon and equally worrisome question is what the death of letter writing — and its replacement by emailing — is doing to the process of creative writing itself. Before the advent of email, many writers maintained a healthy relationship with their correspondence; they found letter writing to be a useful complement to their main literary projects. Letters were not only a way to stay in touch with colleagues or test out ideas and themes on the page, but also a valuable method of easing into and out of a state of mind where they could pursue more daunting and in-depth writing.

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Book writing: lessons learned

Book writing: lessons learned | writing | Scoop.it
As promised in my last post, I've pulled together some of the "lessons" I learned about the process of writing a non-fiction book while writing my first one, The Secret World of Red Wolves: A true ...

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Book Review: Discovering the Writer Within - JeriWB

Book Review: Discovering the Writer Within - JeriWB | writing | Scoop.it
A book review of Discovering the Writer Within by Bruce Ballenger and Barry Lane. This book is a must for anyone seeking growth as a writer.
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