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10 Secrets of Professional Writers Every Blogger Should Know

10 Secrets of Professional Writers Every Blogger Should Know | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
We all know good writing when we see it and we cringe when we see terrible writing. The worst thing is that the harder people try to write well, the worse their writing usually becomes.
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Some blogging writing strategies that may translate elsewhere.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, January 24, 2014 2:02 PM

Allways something new to learn ..

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 28, 2014 12:49 PM

Good reminders.

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15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Here's a list of words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter.
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What they said.

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4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius

4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. There are a myriad of platforms to choose from: edublogs, Kidblog (especially good for elementary age children), Blogger, wordpress, and most LMS systems have a blogging platform built in


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Definitely some great ideas for implementing blogging.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, April 25, 3:31 PM

Aplicaci'on de los blog en el aula.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 27, 12:53 PM

As I promote the integration of blogging with my preservice students, I have also seen a growth in local teachers adopting the concept.  This post shared by @John Evans ,from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

, from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

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The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
We rank lasting favorites for young readers, from "Little Women" to "Harry Potter"
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It seems a little dramatic to rank the BEST young adult books of ALL TIME. Seems like there should be a caveat of (so far) at the end of that statement because, well, we're not yet at the end of ALL TIME and I'm quite certain there are more excellent young adult books to be written and published. As I perused the list, I realized I could not choose THE best book because many have different qualities that made each book important, powerful, moving, etc. to me. If nothing else, it's a great checklist for you to figure out what books should be on your reading list.

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5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students

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I love Spelling City, but I "lost" about an hour playing with some of these other apps. I have a thing about trying to hard to make learning "fun," but know that when learning is engaging, it's fun. These are both.

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The Psychological Benefits of Writing: Why Richard Branson and Warren Buffett Write Regularly

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Writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers -- even if we don't have the chops to spin beautiful prose.

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

One of my favorite quotes is from Isaac Asimov: "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 7:50 PM

I write every day, using digital tools and cursive writing. They activate my brain in different ways. My writing sits alongside reading.

 

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Jack Ryan's curator insight, April 7, 5:20 AM

interesting thoughts. Maybe you agree? #writing #writingtips

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10 Meaningful Literary Moments That Were Lost In Translation - Listverse

10 Meaningful Literary Moments That Were Lost In Translation - Listverse | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
History's greatest novelists include Tolstoy, Kafka, and Proust, and though none of them wrote in English, their books do a roaring trade across the Englis

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Words matter. And so does context.

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Taylor Swift's grammar marked down incorrectly - The Guardian (blog)

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The Princeton Review has sniffed at the (misheard) lyrics of the pop star’s song Fifteen. But its ‘correction’ is more than five centuries out of date
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We all know there are PLENTY of grammatically-challenged pop and rock songs. We also tend to forgive those "errors" for reasons of artistic license. Swift's barb is well-aimed, test people.

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How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay: Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter

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"The sidelong glance is what you depend on."

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Should an Author’s Intentions Matter?

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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.
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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

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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.

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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?”

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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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Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges' Library of Babel as Infinite Website

Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges' Library of Babel as Infinite Website | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books, the first impression was one of extravagant happiness," wrote Jorge Luis Borges in his classic of philosophical fiction, "The Library of Babel."

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This is just cool.

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Writing Responsibly When Writing Responsively: Six Simple Tips

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Writing - When Google decided that mobile-friendliness will influence site rankings in search results, responsive design became a must. But what about the impact on copywriters and other content creators?

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

Good advice for many writers who find themselves having to think differently about the way their audiences will interact with their text.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, April 22, 5:10 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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http://www.a-writer.com/

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Is There Anything One Should Feel Ashamed of Reading?

Is There Anything One Should Feel Ashamed of Reading? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
James Parker and Charles McGrath discuss whether any books should provoke shame in readers.

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

I think this is an interesting question. There was a discussion some time ago about whether or not adults should read YA literature. I, for one, say "go for it" and I've just finished several very fine YA books. They're not guilty pleasure or brain candy books, at least not to me. Okay, maybe a little but I've got books like Loraine Depres' The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc for that delightful pastime reading. I don't understand why people love to read Danielle Steele, but they do. Go for it. It's not my thing and I don't judge them; well, maybe a little, but then I read YA literature and my own version of escapist brain candy so I have no right and no room to judge. All of that to say, "No, read what you want. Just read."

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Is Poor Grammar Killing Your Content Marketing? Study Says 69% Of Brands ... - Marketing Land

Is Poor Grammar Killing Your Content Marketing? Study Says 69% Of Brands ... - Marketing Land | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Using linguistic analytics software to measure grammar and style, Acrolinx finds most content marketing lacks quality.
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The good news is the answer is "yes," which suggests that people inherently respond to grammar. I'm guessing some bad grammar is an attempt to be clever or cute, which may prove to be neither.

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4 Gritty Food Memoirs for Every Traveler

4 Gritty Food Memoirs for Every Traveler | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You might be wondering why we chose to focus on “gritty” food memoirs, as opposed to, say, Julia Child’s My Life in France, which is also an excellent book.

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Learn about food and learn about someone's culture. That's a serious win-win.

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The 10 Best Books About Writing

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Writing is hard. Not for everyone, mind you, but there are some people that land triple axles or swallow swords, and we don't consider this the norm.

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

Anne Lamott's book remains my favorite. I would still use it as a freshman writing resource.

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17 Writers On The Importance Of Reading

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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." —Lemony Snicket

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

Share this with every student who thinks reading isn't worth their time. Share this with every individual who thinks writing doesn't matter.

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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.

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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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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!

WEAC's curator insight, April 1, 10:13 AM

"How can students who have essentially made a lifestyle of short, segmented, slang-ridden writing conform to the formal communication still expected in the real world? It starts with teachers who set high standards and do not waver."

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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

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

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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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