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Rave on, Writers! | Talking Writing

Rave on, Writers! | Talking Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
And yet, we TW editors believe that a passionate engagement with the world—and an acknowledgment of all we can't control—fuels the best writing and art. It's why we started Talking Writing. It's why creating this magazine ...
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What is Good Writing?: A Meditation on Breaking Rules and Grammar Pedagogy

What is Good Writing?: A Meditation on Breaking Rules and Grammar Pedagogy | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

From all the jails the Boys and Girls Ecstatically leap— Beloved only Afternoon That Prison doesn’t keep They storm the Earth and stun the Air, A Mob of solid Bliss— Alas—that Frowns should lie in wait For such a Foe …"

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A meditation worth reading, thinking about, even discussing, perhaps with your students. Especially if you're a high school English teacher.

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Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts - Huffington Post

Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts - Huffington Post | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
By Writer's Relief staff:

It happens to every writer sooner or later. You’re planning on submitting work to a literary journal, entering a contest, or completing edits for your publisher; and of course, there’s a deadline.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Not everyone believes you should "do the worst first." Sometimes you need to do something you know you'll enjoy and that you can do quickly so you feel as though you've accomplished something, that you've made progress. That makes it easier to move on to the next task, whether it's "the worst" or more benign.

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Writing Perspectives: "So You Want to Be a Writer" - Writer's Circle

Writing Perspectives: "So You Want to Be a Writer" - Writer's Circle | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writing Perspectives: "So You Want to Be a Writer"

Via Laura Brown
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Speaks for itself for those who think they want to be writers.

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On Writing: When typewriters roamed the Earth

On Jan. 2, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open its "Ordinary Things/ Extraordinary Tales” exhibit, and one of the ordinary things on display will be a pre-WW2 Smith and Corona Company typewriter used by artist and librarian Dale DeArmond...


Via Charles Tiayon
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I'd go to Juneau to see this. I have a few OLD typewriters, including a pink Royal manual my dad used to type his master's thesis and I used for more than a few papers. There are times I think about the effort to use those machines and then wonder about (and am in awe of) the effort to manage one's thoughts back in the day when writers used quills and parchment.

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How Reading Transforms Us - New York Times

How Reading Transforms Us - New York Times | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Art doesn’t try to dictate what you think. It helps you change yourself.
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Every reader knows how transformational a text can be. How it can resonate and echo within us for hours, days, even years after reading it. Reading helps us understand ourselves better and learn more about the world in which we live.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:29 AM

The power of reading.

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26 Annoying Business Clichés You Should Stop Using Immediately

26 Annoying Business Clichés You Should Stop Using Immediately | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Be clear, and just say what you mean.
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I think this is completely self-explanatory. Read on.

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Great Writing Is Humble - The Atlantic

Great Writing Is Humble - The Atlantic | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Peter Stamm, author of All Days Are Night, says his work became deeper once he shed some delusions of grandeur.
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Great writing doesn't have to be flashy to get the attention of the reader and to convince that reader to invest time in the delicious luxury that can be found in reading.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

While this is geared towards writing fiction, there are elements that could be applicable to non-fiction as well. The bottom line is that any writer must always, always, always consider the audience.

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, December 7, 2014 11:41 AM

You have to be true to your work, and the reader you have in mind.

Cheryl Frose's curator insight, December 9, 2014 12:04 PM

Watch the short (1:29 ) video of the author himself or read the tips...

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The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
There are no tricks to make writing easier, just practices you can develop to get it done.
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Anyone who tells you they have steps for simplifying the writing process or making writing easier probably has some "underdeveloped" land somewhere they want to sell you, too. Here it is: Good writing is hard work. Period. The end. Full stop. There's a corollary: It is possible to improve your writing skills through practice, reading widely and a lot, and getting feedback from people you trust. But it's still hard work.

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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Multitasking is pretty much seen as a necessity in the modern world. The ability to do several things at once – even if it’s something as apparently simple as emailing and talking at the same time – is taken for granted.

But the belief that engaging in several tasks at once means we are more productive is a myth. Instead of saving time, multitasking not only takes longer but also makes mistakes more likely. It also does something to our brains

Via David Hain, Ivon Prefontaine
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:
Many of us have discovered the myth of multitasking the hard way. We like to think we're being more productive, but we're not.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 28, 2014 11:49 AM

Multitasking does not increase productivity, creativity, and learning. It works against them.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 28, 2014 1:39 PM

Multitasking is rarely an efficient or effective method of working, which many of us learn the hard way.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 29, 2014 1:04 PM

Yeahhh... true... everything which is not multitasking, vibrating extensively is simply boring... I live in this life too not only my children... and it's true also that it's not effective at all... I mean, the multitasking... it "helps" more or less to forget the bad things, the chimers (for the moment)  and gives the feeling of being very effective... false... fake... voila, one of our biggest dilemmas... and don't fool ourselves, it's ours too, not only that of our children...

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Studies show that note-taking with pen or pencil is critical to processing and representing information, something that students lose when tapping on a keyboard.
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And there you have it.

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Ali Lock's curator insight, November 30, 2014 4:15 AM

For me poetry has to be written with pencil on paper, to begin with..

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:33 AM

Good reason to vary the way students interact with new information. Just because they have an electronic device doesn't mean they should never write longhand.

Jennifer Gandarias's curator insight, December 29, 2014 12:02 PM

This is a question that has been on my hand recently since multiple studies show the importance of handwriting.  My students write by hand in daily journals and rough drafts of essays; though most write with a stylized printing.  When I write on the board in cursive many students cannot read what I have written. It is interesting, as I taught many of these same students during there elementary years when cursive was important.  Now I run a flipped English class where so much of the work is digital.  I wonder if I use enough handwriting?

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How to Improve Your Business Writing

How to Improve Your Business Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Cut the fat.
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Good writing isn't complicated. Whenever you read business writing that seems too complex, it's overwritten. . .or written by a lawyer. The flip side of some of this advice is that those of us who do have well-developed vocabularies may be accused of trying to show off.

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The Three Things You Learn When Famous Writers Reread Their Old Books

The Three Things You Learn When Famous Writers Reread Their Old Books | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
For the beguiling First Editions, Second Thoughts project, PEN America asked 61 writers and 14 artists to annotate their early works for a Dec. 2 auction at Christie’s New York, with proceeds going toward PEN’s cause of protecting “free expression for artists worldwide.” “I can say that it was probably...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I LOVE the observations of writers revisiting their work. So much to learn about observing the nuances of the written word but knowing how much WORK is part of that deft touch.

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The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.
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You have until April 15 to submit your entries.

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'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English - The Atlantic

'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English - The Atlantic | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I don't know much about Steven Pinker except that he's been getting some attention because of some book he wrote which I haven't read and may not get around to reading. Having said that, I agree with some of his observations about writing. If nothing else, this transcripted conversation reminds us of the complexities of some of the rules of grammar and writing. And I'm a fan of using italics where appropriate, whatever that means. ;)

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Why Annie Proulx Regrets Writing Brokeback Mountain - TIME

Why Annie Proulx Regrets Writing Brokeback Mountain - TIME | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
"So many people have completely misunderstood the story"
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A frequent challenge for many writers is that their work is misunderstood and misinterpreted, that people are so unhappy with elements of the story they believe it would be "better" if only written a different way. Readers, I think, have a responsibility to honor the author's choices even if they don't like them. Writers need to be brave enough to write the way they want rather than the way they hope readers might maybe perhaps hopefully like, and because there are no guarantees what readers might like. And because readers' perceptions change as they get older, learn more, know more, and experience more.

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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

Via Jeff Domansky
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 10, 2014 11:28 PM

Your brain on writing…

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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National Archives to Host Thank You Note Writing Contest - CBS Local

National Archives to Host Thank You Note Writing Contest - CBS Local | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Children who just unwrapped a pile of holiday gifts will get some help writing thank you notes courtesy of the National Archives Museum in Washington.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Love this. Writing "thank you" notes is a lost art and, too often, a lost gesture of gratitude and thoughtfulness.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:28 AM

Awesome idea. Letter writing used to be taught in school. Not sure it is anymore.

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14 Witty Jokes for the Grammar Nerd in Your Life

14 Witty Jokes for the Grammar Nerd in Your Life | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
If you get a kick out of grammar jokes, you'll love this list of 14 of our favorites.
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Oh yes.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 15, 2014 10:30 PM

Humour always helps.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:30 AM

Fun for the writer/grammar lover.

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T.S. Eliot Explains The Problem With Modern Day Writing

T.S. Eliot Explains The Problem With Modern Day Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Keep in mind, he said this in 1921. That comes from Eliot's The Perfect Critic. Photo and credit to K Street Hipster on Twitter."


Via Mark G Kirshner
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Just recently Smith College president Kathleen McCartney had to apologize for saying that "all lives matter." I don't have all the facts, of course, having to rely mostly on Fox News for any information but I think we have an increasing trend of a lack of willingness to listen to another viewpoint if it is any way different from our own. I don't think this bodes well for any kind of collaboration to work through any issues. But then I'm not surprised when our own government models such intractable and often unreasonable behavior.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 11, 2014 10:03 PM

The more things change the more they stay the same.

 

ehd1@shaw.ca

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Young People Don't Care About Newspapers, Old People Don't Care About Smartphones

Young People Don't Care About Newspapers, Old People Don't Care About Smartphones | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Kicking off Business Insider’s Ignition event on Tuesday, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget detailed where digital business is headed.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I may not be sharing this for the reasons you think. Note, please, the broad labels in the headlines provocatively designed to get your attention. Then when you look at the, um, "article"--and I use the term loosely given there isn't much actual reporting going on, you see the "question" might have asked which device the surveyee might miss most. "Device" is a leading word as most of "old people" don't think of a newspaper as a device. Misdirection, questionable "information," provocative headlines, and gross generalizations = bad writing, but lots of tweets.

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'Voice' Isn't the Point of Writing

'Voice' Isn't the Point of Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Whether crafting fiction or how-to manuals, self-expression is a negotiation.
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True. Voice is not the point of writing. Writing is, in fact, a negotiation as the writer determines the most suitable style and tone for this particular audience and for this particular purpose.


"Language is a social thing; it exists between people. The voice you hear in your head, the language you speak to yourself—that's not just your voice or your language. It belongs, to some degree, to everybody."

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Five Reasons to Write a Functional Resume | News | Beyond.com

Five Reasons to Write a Functional Resume | News | Beyond.com | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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Some of you may be surprised to learn there is more than one type of resume. Yes, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to have more than one type of resume, but consideration of your audience is ALWAYS paramount, regardless of the type of writing you do. And this includes resumes.

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The Physical Act of Writing

The Physical Act of Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
We spend lots of time talking about the writing process here at TWT. This post tackles something that has nothing to do with meaning, structure, focus, word choice, elaboration, voice, or conventi...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I'm often intrigued by the way people hold their writing utensils, how the slant of a hand or a particular angle can change the look--and the legibility--of someone's handwriting. I've had numerous conversations with folks who are concerned about K-2 kids' fine motor skills if they don't get to practice the physical act of writing. This post goes beyond that with some good insights on resources.

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The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks

The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Punctuation marks accept their utilitarian roles, but they too carry feelings, and they express them in subtle ways that are sometimes easy to miss.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Especially for those of you who might be a tad excessive with your use of exclamation points.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:35 AM

Good writers think about each word --AND each punctuation mark used.