The Seven Faces of Intention. The Shift. Self Sufficiency. Writing Tips and Ideas. George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing. In our society, the study of language and literature is the domain of poets, novelists, and literary critics.
Language is considered a decorative art, fit for entertainment and culture, but practically useless in comparison to the concrete sciences. Just look at the value of a college degree in English versus one in computer science or accounting. But is this an accurate assessment of value? Language is the primary conductor between your brain and the minds of your audience. Ineffective language weakens and distorts ideas. If you want to be understood, if you want your ideas to spread, using effective language must be your top priority.In the modern world of business and politics this is hardly ever the case. How to write a book – the short honest truth. Every author I know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book?
It’s a simple question, but it causes unexpected problems. On the one hand, it’s nice to have people interested in something I do. If I told people I fixed toasters for a living, I doubt I’d get many inquires. People are curious about writing and that’s cool and flattering. Rock on. But on the other hand, the hand involving people who ask because they have an inkling to do it themselves, is that writing books is a topic so old and so well trod by so many famous people that anyone who asks hoping to discover secret advice is hard to take seriously.
Here’s the short honest truth: 20% of the people who ask me are hoping to hear this – Anyone can write a book. #54 – Writing Hacks, Part 1: Starting. By Scott Berkun, Aug. 28 2006 (#54) Writing is easy, it’s quality that’s hard.
Any idiot who knows 5 words can write a sentence (e.g. “Dufus big much Scott is”). It might be without grammar, broken, or inaccurate but it is still writing. This means when people can’t start they’re likely imagining the polished precision of the finished work. For this reason writer’s block is a sham. Consider this: Have you ever been blocked while playing Frisbee? Words I Never Want to See in Your Novel. Please. (More) tips for writing well (Austin Govella at Thinking and Making) Published Wed, Jul 8, 2009 by Austin Govella.
Updated Wed, Jul 8, 2009. As an editor, I’ve noticed several recurring bad habits you heathens would do well to disabuse yourselves of immediately. Almost without exception, these bad habits instantiate themselves as a series of stock phrases and constructions that reflect a lack of focus, a lack of fully developed argument, or the kind of intellectual laziness that sets in as you slog through your first draft.
These things happen, That’s ok. Editing helps you save yourselves from these offenses before your thoughts hit the world and everyone knows your dirty secrets. but you can edit yourself, and you should. 16 things to check when you edit Be vicious when you edit. How to Write a 10-Page College Term Paper Overnight. Great examples of Visual Thinking. 15 Free Learning Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of.
100 Ways to Simplify Your Life (and Make Yourself Happier) I’ve been striving to simplify my life for many years now, and have recently (through my writing) been advising others how to do the same.
In the process, I’ve learned that making little changes in our attitudes, habits, and environment can have a big impact. So today, I thought I’d compile a list of 100 ways to simplify your life – from the practical to the philosophical, and everything in between. Of course, not every item on the list will work for every person reading it. However, I hope that you’ll find at least a little something that speaks to you, helps you save some time, space, and energy — and perhaps even increases your serenity and happiness!
AROUND THE HOUSE1. Making Time for Creativity. Making Time for Creativity by Beaufly Just like kids, I think that we all need time for self-expression and to be creative.
As we get older, we often overlook our needs as we become caretakers of others (husbands, wives, children, parents, etc…) but I think there are some small things that we can do to feed our desire for creativity and to unleash our imagination. Some people can lose themselves in a book. Some sketch, walk in nature, build things, take on DIY projects, while others like to gaze at art in museums, take movement classes, engage in sports or dance. Some people see their lives as blank canvasses, getting a new day, everyday to explore the possibilities of a new day or chapter. Perceiving my life as my masterpiece, my own creation and work of art is great, but how do I begin? +Creativity | +Bemorecreative | +Therealbeaufly | +Keepingcreativityalive | Photo Courtesy: KROMKRATHOG viawww.freedigitalphotos.net/images.