background preloader

Writers resources arts

Facebook Twitter

Writing. English Proverbs | The Phrasefinder. Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society's values and beliefs is its proverbs. The graphic to the right shows the words that are used in English proverbs, with the size of each word indicating how often it occurs (click for a bigger image). It's interesting to note that the two most common words in English proverbs are 'good' and 'never'. A bit of armchair psychology leads to the conclusion that, if proverbs really do reflect belief, then the English are (or at least were when these proverbs were coined) inclined to be virtuous but negative - not so far from the truth perhaps? Proverbs are short and pithy sayings that express some traditionally held truth. They are usually metaphorical and often, for the sake of memorability, alliterative.

And, as so many proverbs offer advice and uplift, many of them are religious in origin. Here's an additional list of biblical proverbs. A barking dog never bites Less is more. OWL. Coming Soon: A new look for our same great content! We're working hard this summer on a redesign of the Purdue OWL. Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.

For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site. Mission The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. OWL: Creating a Thesis Statement. Summary: This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements. Contributors:Elyssa Tardiff, Allen BrizeeLast Edited: 2014-02-10 10:44:43 Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement 1.

Determine what kind of paper you are writing: An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence.

The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader. 2. 3. 4. Thesis Statement Examples Example of an analytical thesis statement: OWL: Paraphrase Exercises. Summary: This resource discusses how to paraphrase correctly and accurately. Contributors:Purdue OWLLast Edited: 2016-06-30 09:41:14 Learn to borrow from a source without plagiarizing. For more information on paraphrasing, as well as other ways to integrate sources into your paper, see the Purdue OWL handout Quoting Paraphrasing, and Summarizing. For more information about writing research papers, see our resource on this subject. Purdue students will want to make sure that they are familiar with Purdue's official academic dishonesty policy as well as any additional policies that their instructor has implemented.

Another good resource for understanding plagiarism is the Statement on Plagiarism from the Council of Writing Program Administrators. A paraphrase is... Paraphrasing is a valuable skill because... 6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing Some examples to compare The original passage: A legitimate paraphrase: An acceptable summary: A plagiarized version: Abstracts. Summary: This handout discusses how to write good abstracts for reports. It covers informational and descriptive abstracts and gives pointers for success. Contributors:Dana Lynn DriscollLast Edited: 2013-03-12 09:58:07 Types of abstracts There are two types of abstracts: informational and descriptive. Informational abstracts Communicate contents of reportsInclude purpose, methods, scope, results, conclusions, and recommendationsHighlight essential pointsAre short—from a paragraph to a page or two, depending upon the length of the report (10% or less of the report)Allow readers to decide whether they want to read the report Descriptive abstracts Tell what the report containsInclude purpose, methods, scope, but NOT results, conclusions, and recommendationsAre always very short— usually under 100 wordsIntroduce subject to readers, who must then read the report to learn study results Qualities of a good abstract An effective abstract Steps for writing effective report abstracts.

5 Tips To Improve Your Academic Writing And A Grammar Infographic. How to Write Faster, Better, and Easier. If you are a writer, you’ve probably wished that you could write faster, better, and easier. I have too. I’ve been writing for many years now and I’ve found some tricks that help. They just may help you too! Everyone has their own system, but sometimes learning about another person’s system can flip a switch that enables you to improve your writing. This system is about being organized and prepared. This will allow your ideas to flow at their fastest rate. 1. 2. 3. 4. Planning: Before you go to Google or other sources, write out in bullet points the questions you need to answer.Clipping: When you find information you need “clip it” which means to collect it somehow. 5. If you normally write on the computer, give longhand a try for your first draft.

If you are tired, just type your outline assuming you have it in longhand. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. These steps may seem longer when you read through them, but they truly will make your writing better, and your ideas will flow faster and easier. 7 Easy Steps to Write Fast. Creating Good Paragraphs. Common English errors. Style. “Can you recommend a good book on writing?” Writer's_Improvement_List_byPaulGreenberg_2014 - Google Sheets. “Can you recommend a good book on writing?” Commonly misspelled English words. Commonly misspelled English words[1] (UK: misspelt words) are words that are often unintentionally misspelled in general writing.

A selected list of common words is presented below, under Documented list of common misspellings. Although the word "common" is subjective depending on the situation, the focus is on general writing, rather than in a specific field. Official spellings also vary by country or region, with some rejecting the American or British variants as incorrect for the region.[1][2][3] Within a particular field of study, such as computer graphics, other words might be more common for misspelling, such as "pixel" misspelled as "pixle" (or variants "cesium" and "caesium"). Sometimes words are purposely misspelled, as a form in slang, abbreviations, or in song lyrics, etc. Unlimited misspellings[edit] Documented list of common misspellings[edit] A–B[edit] C–D[edit] E–H[edit] I–K[edit] L–O[edit] P–Q[edit] R–S[edit] T–Z[edit] Common causes of those misspellings[edit] Mispronunciation[edit]

100 Commonly Misused English Word Groups flashcards. Tone_of_voice.pdf. Tools for Writing: Points of View in Writing. There are three different points of view that can be used in writing: first person, second person, and third person.

In academic writing, the third person point of view is usually clearer and allows a writer to come across as more credible. Due to this and other reasons, the third person point of view is considered the best in academic writing. First person occurs primarily through the use of the pronoun “I.” This is the point of view used when a writer is writing about himself. Second person involves the use of the pronoun “you” to refer to the reader. All beginning college students should learn how to write well. Notice the shift that occurred from the first sentence, which is written in the third person, to the second sentence, which is written in the second person. Revised: All beginning college students should learn how to write well. Third Person involves directly stating who is being written about without using the words I, me, we, us, or you. Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks (and what you can do to fix it) For the next few months I will be posting the “best of the best” Professor is in blog posts on the job market, for the benefit of all those girding their loins for the 2013-2014 market.

Today’s post was originally published in 2011. I’ve now read about two thousand more job letters than I mention here. All the advice still applies. In my 15 years as a faculty member I served on approximately 11 search committees. Some of these search committees I chaired. Estimating that each search brought in an average of 200 applications (a conservative estimate for a field like Anthropology, a generous estimate for a much smaller field like East Asian Languages and Literatures), that means I have read approximately 2200 job applications. That means I’ve read 2200 job cover letters. I’ve also read the cover letters of my own students, and a passel of Ph.D. students who came to me for advice, as well as a large number of clients since opening The Professor is In (as of July 2012 let’s say 600). 1. 2. 3.

60 Awesome Search Engines For Serious Writers. June 20th, 2010 Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient. Professional Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines. Writing These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process. Research Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap. Google Scholar: With this specialized search engine from Google, you’ll only get reliable, academic results for your searches.WorldCat: If you need a book from the library, try out this tool.

Reference Need to look up a quote or a fact? Niche Writers. 102 Resources For Fiction Writing. UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections. Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. Also, I recommend some resources for Revision and some online Tools and Software. Too many links? Pick a few at random and bookmark the rest for later. 10 Days of Character Building Name Generators Name Playground The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting) How to Create a Character Seven Common Character Types Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters It’s Not What They Say . . .

Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character” How to Start Writing in the Third Person Monomyth. 279days.pdf. About this blog | Star Wars Spies. The Ezine Directory. FREE PLANET BLOG. Repeated Life lessons. Kinda like having a recurring dream/nightmare. Having researched the form, I understand we're, "Being told something," by these events/dreams and I'm not sure I'm listening properly or able to act upon this Repeated Life lesson. A few days ago, I started (but didn't publish) a blogpost on the subject of achievemephobia or Fear of Success, which I suspected I suffered from. Personally, I feel VERY HAPPY with the 'creative life' I've had; as an artist I thought I created some powerful images; as a writer I thought I created some powerful characters; as a commentator I thought I came up with some powerful arguments. But this is all like a kid playing with a toy i.e. there's no serious career in my self-entertainment or life plan(sic).

Additionally, there seems to have been some sort of barrier to my financial success from my own creative endeavours. I know, I know, I know, "I may be the problem," I mean, after all, I'm cantankerous, I'm disruptive. h2g2 - The Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything. RedNotebook: Journal Entries With Text, Images & Files [Windows] Keeping a journal is easy enough – you can create a text file for every day and then edit the file to record the day’s events.

But if you want to add other forms of media into the entries and if you want things to be more organized, you should go for an app called RedNotebook. RedNotebook is a freeware desktop utility for Windows computers. The application comes in a setup file that is sized at nearly 20 MB which you download and install. The function of the application is to let you easily keep a daily journal. But unlike other applications that might allow only simple textual entries, RedNotebook is far more flexible in the formats of inputs it accepts.

When you open the app, you will find a calendar on which you can click any date to add a journal entry. Tags can be added to any new entries you make. Features: Check out RedNotebook @ Wikigenes collaborative publishing. SPANnet - Self Publishing Information. Home | Usability.gov. Wordpreneur. ITI's LiteraryMarketPlace.com ™ Copyright © 2014 Information Today, Inc. All rights reserved. Literary Market Place™ and literarymarketplace.com™ are trademarks of Information Today, Inc. View Information Today, Inc.'s or LiteraryMarketPlace.com's terms of use. The Female Character Flowchart. Overthinking It - Movies, TV, Music, Comics, Video Games, Books and Popular Culture.

List of French words and phrases used by English speakers. Here are some examples of French words and phrases used by English speakers. English contains many words of French origin, such as art, competition, force, machine, police, publicity, role, routine, table, and many other anglicized French words. These are pronounced according to English rules of phonology, rather than French. Around 28% of English vocabulary is of French or Oïl language origin, most derived from, or transmitted by, the Anglo-Norman spoken by the upper classes in England for several hundred years after the Norman Conquest, before the language settled into what became Modern English. This article, however, covers words and phrases that generally entered the lexicon later, as through literature, the arts, diplomacy, and other cultural exchanges not involving conquests. As such, they have not lost their character as Gallicisms, or words that seem unmistakably foreign and "French" to an English speaker.

Used in English and French[edit] A[edit] à gogo in abundance. À la à la carte. 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words. Text analysis, wordcount, keyword density analyzer, prominence analysis. Text Analyzer - Text analysis Tool - Counts Frequencies of Words, Chracters, Sentences and Syllables. Word Frequency Counter.

Avoid plagiarism writers resources