Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file your masterpiece, only to find your editor thinks it's two dozen "tinks" shy of publishable.
This interactive cube creator will help your students to start their own story writing. It breaks the writing process into six distinct parts which will guide students to write their own biographies, mystery stories, short stories, and free planning of story, a blank template that they can customize.
Inspiration can be fickle: it doesn’t always necessarily come when you want it. There are some tried and true methods for getting ideas and motivation to write. These have been discussed in multiple “killing writer’s block” and other such advice columns.
What I want to propose are ways to find inspiration for writing fantasy, some of which may be obvious and others not so much.
Back in the late 90s, in the process of reading for my MA dissertation, I put together a collection of hundreds of sentence stems that I felt could help me with my academic writing later on. And they did. Immensely. After the course was over, I stacked my sentences away, but kept wondering if I could ever put them to good use and perhaps help other DELTA / Trinity / MA / PhD students who know exactly what they want to say, but might have trouble finding the best way to say it.
So here are 70 sentences extracted and adapted from the original compilation, which ran for almost 10 pages. This list is organized around keywords (rather than functions / discourse categories) so I can explore each word’s ecosystem better, highlight common collocations and so on.
Before you start:
1. Pay close attention to the words in bold, which are often used in conjunction with the main word. 2. [ ] means “insert a suitable word here”, while ( ) means “this word is optional.” 3. Bear in mind that, within each group, some examples are slightly more formal / less frequent than others. 4. I am not claiming, by any stretch of the imagination, that these are the most common ways to use each word. These are just examples of academic discourse that I collected randomly in the late 90s.
Argue a. Along similar lines, [X] argues that ___. b. There seems to be no compelling reason to argue that ___. c. As a rebuttal to this point, it might be (convincingly) argued that ___. d. There are [three] main arguments that can be advanced to support ___. e. The underlying argument in favor of / against [X] is that ___. f. [X]‘s argument in favor of / against [Y] runs as follows: ___.
Claim a. In this [paper], I put forward the claim that ___.
We live in an era of sound bites and 140 character messages, but good writing still matters when it comes to the business world. Don’t think that good writing skills matter in this digital age of abbreviated texts and tweets?
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share A few weeks ago, I wrote about grammatical errors that can make you look bad to the important people at work who care about such things. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling are important mostly because people THINK they’re important.
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