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The Golden Age for Writers - Esquire

The Golden Age for Writers - Esquire | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"Writers have always been whiners. For nearly a hundred years, since at least the time of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the death of the novel has been presaged. And now, egged on by BuzzFeed and video games and just general hypercaffeinated, e-mail-all-the-time ADHD, the book is apparently, finally, about to die. At least we'll have good stuff to read while we wait. This fall alone, the number of big books published by major writers is astounding: Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and about a half dozen others. Not that the list has stopped anyone from complaining. Literary circles have been so full of pity for so long that they can't accept the optimistic truth: We're living in a golden age for writers and writing."


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The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School - Brilliant or Insane

The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School - Brilliant or Insane | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Do 21st-century learners have writing deficits? Is digital learning to blame? This college dean speaks out on America's writing decline.

Via Becky Roehrs
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I don't think we can blame terrible writing skills on Twitter. Twitter was founded in 2006 and student writing was terrible LONG before that. Twitter might have made the battle for decent writing skills more difficult, but it is not the sole contributor to the problem. More coming in a blog and not just because I need well over 140 characters.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, March 18, 5:20 AM

Tweeting, and texting have both affected the quality of grammar, but in times when communication has become more important than grammatical rules. We need to get our goals straight, whether we are teaching grammar or communication needs to be re-thought!

David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 19, 11:56 AM

Is this really a decline? 

Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, March 24, 11:09 AM

Interesting facts.  I agree that social media have led us to use abbreviations and forget how to write in a more ... traditional way. This could be a niche market!

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7 YA Reads That Will Sweep You Up in Politics

7 YA Reads That Will Sweep You Up in Politics | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
When The Wrong Side of Right begins, Kate Quinn is like many American teenagers -- the last thing on her mind is the upcoming presidential election.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There are times a YA book can approach and treat a topic with great adeptness and provide opportunities for considered conversation, even among adults. These may be some of those books.

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Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing

Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Writing is a deeply personal habit. There are plenty of ways to beat writer’s block. . .

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I love the idea of the unpublishable journal and have inadvertently started something like this. It's the journal in which I jot down random thoughts and questions, scribble notes about observations, write half-formed ideas for short stories or blog posts or something that hasn't any form yet. It's likely nothing will come from most of the those jottings, but one never knows.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 17, 9:28 PM

Mary Oliver and Annie Dillard provide great insight into writing, as well.

 

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How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part.

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This reminds us that the spark for writing can come from unexpected places, that sometimes we have to mull over those ideas for a while before any take shape, and that the actual writing takes time and requires commitment.

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Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard - NPR

Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard - NPR | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writer Philip Pullman says it's all part of the oral tradition: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories," he says. Audiobook technology has come a long way since the early days.
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This is just cool.

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Gabriel García Márquez on His Unlikely Beginnings as a Writer

Gabriel García Márquez on His Unlikely Beginnings as a Writer | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"If you’re going to be a writer you have to be one of the great ones... After all, there are better ways to starve to death."

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9 Authors Who Regretted The Success of Their Work

9 Authors Who Regretted The Success of Their Work | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

These authors found that success wasn't all it was cracked up to be—and sometimes even regretted writing their books in the first place.

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Some interesting notes on famous authors whose fame became a burden.

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Shifting from Persuasive Writing to Argumentative Writing: Where do you start?

Shifting from Persuasive Writing to Argumentative Writing: Where do you start? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
We ask students to do much more challenging and meaningful writing. There are many ways to start. We began with argumentative writing.
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This is an excellent article. Great insight and resources for teachers and for students.

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43 Words Invented by Authors

In this List Show episode, John Green runs through the literary origins of 43 words.
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Just cool.

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Chitra B. Divakaruni on Twitter

Chitra B. Divakaruni on Twitter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Why we write, via Flannery O'Connor, a great writer: pic.twitter.com/eNwwdIxpy8
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes on writing. Isaac Asimov once said, "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.


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9 Things Great Writers Do Every Day

9 Things Great Writers Do Every Day | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Discover some essential habits that can make you a better writer.

Via Kamal Bennani
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Because I believe writing and reading are complementary, I also think that the reading suggestions can help you become a stronger reader: one who has better comprehension skills, one who is able to be more discerning about the content, and one who further develops critical thinking skills. And because you are a stronger, more discerning, better critical thinking reader, your writing will be influenced. And so goes the circle of literacy.

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Agnipravo Sengupta's curator insight, February 15, 4:08 PM

What lovely insights! A must read for every writer out there.

Sterlin Hirsch's curator insight, February 15, 10:14 PM

I think this article is not only good for writing, but for anything that requires creativity. It talks about methods that make you think and broaden your horizons, which is good when needing new content to talk about.

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Study Shows All Languages Skew Towards Happiness

Study Shows All Languages Skew Towards Happiness | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Yes, even on Twitter, more words—of all languages—are positive than negative.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

". . . language itself—perhaps humanity's greatest technology—has a positive outlook." Interesting. This suggests that by virtue of the words we use, we should be happier or at least more content. Maybe too many of us simply choose not to use those words, which suggest we are limiting ourselves in many ways. Hmm.

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Write Your First Draft Like No One Will Read It To Beat Writer's Block - Lifehacker

Write Your First Draft Like No One Will Read It To Beat Writer's Block - Lifehacker | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writer's block happens for many reasons, but fear of reader judgement is a big one. To overcome this, write your first draft for no one but yourself.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

You really don't have to read much further than the title of this post. However, if you want a smidge more, I'm going to recommend you buy Anne Lamott's book Bird by Bird. She reminds us of the inevitability of the terrible first draft, one of the many reasons we (try to) have a writing process.

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Should an Author’s Intentions Matter?

Should an Author’s Intentions Matter? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Zoë Heller and Adam Kirsch debate whether an author’s intended meanings matter more than a reader’s interpretations.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Good question and one that every English major has discussed in at least one class. This and an author's observations about a text no longer being his own prompted a blog post: http://www.ejroberts.com/2015/03/writing-for-ones-self-and-world.html

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9 English Novels with Strangely Translated Titles

9 English Novels with Strangely Translated Titles | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
When an author pens a novel, every word, cover to cover, is carefully selected and crafted into a story designed to capture and express sentiments grand and minute.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I always liked The Angry Raisins. ;)This did make me chuckle and remember often I've wondered what's gotten lost in a translation. We've all read translations that have caused us to pause to wonder if what we just read was meant to be funny, or sad, or ironic, or whatever we experienced at the moment because something didn't ring quite true in context. 

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The death of writing? Not again - Los Angeles Times

The death of writing? Not again - Los Angeles Times | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
I think we need a moratorium on essays about the death of literature. Especially when they are by people who write for a living.
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Writing lives on in many guises and styles, even if only at 140 characters at a time.

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17 fantastically useful tools for content writers and bloggers

17 fantastically useful tools for content writers and bloggers | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writing requires discipline, focus, talent, sacrifice and a thick skin, so I have no idea how I’ve managed to survive this long without my editor noticing my fundamental lack of these skills.

Via bobbygw
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some of these are interesting but I'm not sure I'd characterize any as "fantastic." I was hoping some might be useful for writing teachers and students. I want to play around a bit more with some of these to see how I would make them work for a writing class. More to come. Soon, I hope.

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What grammar rules should go? - Columbia Journalism Review

What grammar rules should go? - Columbia Journalism Review | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Since most of us just switched to Daylight Saving Time (not “Savings”), let’s play a game called “Is it Time?”

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm reluctant to let some rules go and I may be old-fashioned or just clinging to a fading past. However, I think there is value in knowing the rules--"everyone" is singular and "their" is not--so people understand why they are breaking and modifying the rules. I've long given up ridding the world of split infinitives, but that doesn't mean I'll give up calling out a poor use of a split infinitive. Word choice and placement of those words can matter. So break or modify the so-called rules as long as you know why you're doing it.

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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

When I taught freshman composition, I told my students they had 35 words to get and KEEP the attention of the reader. In a mere 35 words, you can begin to establish a rapport and pique interest, inviting the reader to continue the expedition just begun.

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I Don't Think So: Writing Effective Counterarguments

I Don't Think So: Writing Effective Counterarguments | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
How do writers analyze subjects and ideas to make a claim using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence? How does incorporating counterarguments in persuasive writing strengthen one’s claims?
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is a great resource for teachers and students in working with counterarguments. There is a fine line between good persuasive writing and a solid argument paper. The more you practice reading and writing such works, the better you will become at discerning those specific differences as a reader and incorporating those specific differences as a writer. And sometimes blurring the difference when it suits your purpose.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Readers Still Prefer Paper

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Readers Still Prefer Paper | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Although the Kindle was released 7 years ago, print still rules the book market and ebook growth has slowed dramatically in the last year and a half."


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Love this. Reinforced by this story about digital natives (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/why-digital-natives-prefer-reading-in-print-yes-you-read-that-right/2015/02/22/8596ca86-b871-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html). Boom!

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8 Tips for Writing Like You Mean It

8 Tips for Writing Like You Mean It | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Working on your writing chops? Here are some points that are relevant to anyone running their own blog or writing for their job.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There are some good tips here for business writers. You might also be sure that you know when to use "who," "that," and "which." You should also be sure you do not overuse the word "that," which is ridiculously easy to do.

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Where do stories come from? Over Our Heads author Andrew Fox tries to answer - Irish Times

Where do stories come from? Over Our Heads author Andrew Fox tries to answer - Irish Times | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A debut author offers a fascinating insight into his creative journey – the various places (from subways and Starbucks to bars and flats in Dublin and the US) where he wrote his debut collection
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is a delightful article about which I can say nothing other than "Read it." And it makes me want to get his book to read his stories, which all a writer really wants.

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Making Sense of Words That Don't | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some wonderful insights and teaching/learning tips as we think about the words we use and why they are the way they are.

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