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Intoloop. Timeline. Get a Life, PhD: Writing a Literature Review: Six Steps to Get You from Start to Finish. Writing a literature review is often the most daunting part of writing an article, book, thesis, or dissertation. "The literature" seems (and often is) massive. I have found it helpful to be as systematic as possible in doing this gargantuan task. This post describes one system for writing a literature review. In their book, Destination Dissertation: A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation , Sonja Foss and William Walters describe a highly efficient way of writing a literature review. Step One: Decide on your areas of research Before you begin to search for articles or books, decide beforehand what areas you are going to research. Step Two: Search for the literature: Conduct a comprehensive bibliographic search of books and articles in your area. Step Three: Find relevant excerpts in your books and articles: When you find any of these five things, type the relevant excerpt directly into a Word document.

Step Four: Code the literature Get out a pair of scissors and cut each excerpt out. Improv Encyclopedia. 12 Useful Websites to Improve Your Writing. By Johnny Webber 1. – A different kind of thesaurus. 2. – One quick dictionary search tool. 3. 4. 5. – Write three new pages every day. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Tiny Texts | Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish. The 15 Best Blogging Platforms on the Web Today. Want the latest recommendations? Read our 2015 guide to The 18 best blogging and publishing platforms on the internet today. Updated June 2014 Reading the signs a couple of years ago it was easy to assume that the art of blogging was set to die a painful death at the hands of social networks like Facebook and Twitter and others.

While social has changed how we communicate online, blogging remains a core part of things. In fact, the truth is that there’s never been a better time to blog. So, whether you’re a blogger returning from a break, seeking a new home or are looking to write online for the first time, here’s our guide to what blogging platforms are out there. Update: Post is now paginated to make reading it easier, though you can click here to read on a single page, or use the links below to jump to: Recommended Business Apps. Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) PoeWar - Writer's Resource Center.

A Truncated Story of Infinity. Bill Murray on storytelling. If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below.

On story and storytellingAt 18:55 in the audo track above Howard asks Bill how it is that he makes people laugh? Were there any secrets for making people consistently laugh? Howard Stern: "Who teaches you to tell a story? Bill Murray: "No, I don't think you're born with it. The more you do it, the more relaxed you becomeHoward Stern says he is amazed at how Bill Murray is able to seem so relaxed. Bill Murray: "The more relaxed you are, the better you are. The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity. The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth started in George Dawes Green's living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame.

From The Moth website: "Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. " The storytellers are usually novice storytellers who have something interesting to share. Below is a wonderful story presented at The Moth in 2009 by Malcolm Gladwell. The Times article quotes the New Yorker writer and essayist Adam Gopnik as to what makes for a good story. What Keeps Me From Writing? How To Find Your Writing Muse. If you’re lying awake in bed, and you look over at your sleeping partner with their tongue hanging out, snoring, making odd farty noises, and your heart starts beating faster and you think, “Of course! What a brilliant idea for a horror story,” then congratulations, you have a genuine muse on your hands. Sadly, that’s not the case for everyone.

Having someone who can inspire great ideas and put thoughts in your head that lead to marvellous stories is something we would all love, but the muse as an independent being who feeds out creativity is a rare and unreliable creation. So where can you go for a refill when your well runs dry? For most of us the real muse is ourselves, or to be more specific, our viewpoint. If you’re writing a romantic story about a man and a woman, what is it that you’re really writing about? It’s easier to put those thoughts aside and just write and see what turns up on the page. Will it happen to you? This can be a tricky thing to do on your own. Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing - Creative Writing Prompts. 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding. Romance-Planning-Beat-Sheet.

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