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A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking. A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking By Greg R.

A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking

Haskins haskins02@yahoo.com Acknowledgment: Much of this paper was based on two sources, both by Robert Todd Carroll, Ph. D: 1) Becoming a Critical Thinker - A Guide for the New Millennium, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2000; and 2) The Skeptic’s Dictionary, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003. This paper presents a concise introduction to critical thinking. The Dramatic Arc.pdf. Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. 5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers.

I discussed the need to get rid of empty emphatics when I gave you 8 words to seek and destroy in your writing, but just saying that you should get rid of a thing doesn't say much about the right way to do so.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers

Today I'm going to show you a few of my favorite ways to get rid of your empty modifiers. What exactly is an empty modifier? It's any word whose only role is to intensify the word it's modifying. The prime candidates here are "very" and "really," but "extremely," "intensely," "totally," "absolutely," "quite," and many other emphatic modifiers make the list.

Further, many emphatics that shift meaning slightly or add some flavor (e.g., "just" or "damn") should be approached with skepticism, and it's easy to find flimsy "-ly" words that show us why the road to hell is paved with adverbs. I'm not saying that empty modifiers should never be used. 1. 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad. While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps.

30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad

For example, "who" and "whom. " I rarely use "whom" when I should. A Level English Lang/ Lit. Cliche. Dr. Matt Might Help: Dissertation Tips. Dissertation Journey: Dr. Guy White. Writing Your Dissertation. Themes and Topics. Critical Thinking.

Nerd Paradise. Posted on: 10 Cado 7:0 - 5.27.29 So you've procrastinated again.

Nerd Paradise

You told yourself you wouldn't do this 2 months ago when your professor assigned you this. But you procrastinated anyway. Shame on you. It's due in a few hours. Pick a Topic The more "legally-oriented" your topic is, the better. 25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice. 1.

25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice

A Series Of Word Choices Here’s why this matters: because both writing and storytelling comprise, at the most basic level, a series of word choices. Words are the building blocks of what we do. They are the atoms of our elements. They are the eggs in our omelets. 2. Words are like LEGO bricks: the more we add, the more we define the reality of our playset. Irregular verbs. Grammar, Punctuation & Style. Setting: Using Scene To Enrich Your Writing.

In both fiction and nonfiction, the setting is the general background against which your story takes place—the physical location and time period, both of which influence your characters and plot.

Setting: Using Scene To Enrich Your Writing

So how can a creative writer use setting and scenery to further offset, augment, or reflect the action of the plot? Although we’re going to be exploring this issue in terms of fiction, these techniques work for nonfiction as well. These craft techniques work in all genres: poetry, stories, personal essays, memoir, and books. Suppose you’re writing a novel that is set in the Deep South in 1955 and your protagonist is an immigrant facing prejudice and roadblocks at every turn. You’d have a completely different novel if your protagonist were a Texas cowboy who found himself in Mississippi at that particular time and place. Setting the stage for a short story or novel is a crucial part of engaging your reader. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing. I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting.

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost. That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. If you take away something from it, though? Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth. Onto the list. 1. Write or Die 2. Writing Essentials. Writing Essentials Strong Stories Bring Your Novel to Life: Does Your Novel Have A Heartbeat?

Writing Essentials

(part 1) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: How To Find Your Novel's Pulse (part 2) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: Burying Your Novel's Message (part 3) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: Playing Chicken with Your Story (part 4) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: Dig Deeper With Your Novel's Subthemes (part 5) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: Interweaving Your Novel's Themes And Subthemes (part 6) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: Planning A Heart-Stopping Story (part 7) by Holly Lisle Bring Your Novel to Life: Life, Passion... Deadline (part 8) by Holly Lisle The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful Authors by Suzanne Harrison Characterization. The 200 Most Common Redundancies. (absolutely) essential(absolutely) necessary(actual) factsadvance (forward)(advance) planning(advance) preview(advance) reservations(advance) warningadd (an additional)add (up)(added) bonus(affirmative) yes(aid and) abet(all-time) recordalternative (choice)A.M.

The 200 Most Common Redundancies

(in the morning)(and) etc. (anonymous) stranger(annual) anniversary(armed) gunman(artificial) prosthesisascend (up)ask (the question)assemble (together)attach (together)ATM (machine)autobiography (of his or her own life) Writing Tools. 100 Little Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Writing. It’s not only students at online colleges for creative writing who need good writing skills.

100 Little Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Writing

Solid writing skills open up career-boosting opportunities for professional writers and for those with aspirations beyond their basic job description. Journalists, fiction writers, scientists, teachers, business professionals, law students, and other professionals can all get ahead by inspiring and influencing others with their writing. Whether you’re an undergraduate wanting tips to organize your papers; a novelist who needs help with character development; or a technical writer in search of tips to write more engaging copy, here are 100 little ways all of you can dramatically improve your writing. General These writing tips will help you work on your writing habits and style each day. Grammar and Spelling. Analysis. The unlearning: Horror and transformative theory. 1. Introduction: Fear is never just itself [1.1] The horror genre has many reasonable lessons to teach us, even though it is perhaps the literary genre most associated with irrationality.

It is often construed around the emotional and physical responses it seeks to produce in its audience, from anxious fright to hair-raising chills, especially in the cinema, where aesthetic success is measured by the volume of spectator screams. The appeal of horror fiction and film lies in the ambivalent thrills associated with fear, suspense, and terror, no matter how significant its subtextual messages might be. Mixed tenses. A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices.

Robert A. Harris Version Date: January 19, 2013 This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, (including rhetorical tropes and rhetorical figures) all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing. Note: This book was written in 1980, with some changes since.

The devices presented are not in alphabetical order. To go directly to the discussion of a particular device, click on the name below. A Preface of Quotations. Rhetological Fallacies. Buy a printable multi-language PDF Thanks to 李为维, Hayanna Carvalho, Iván Galarza, Klaus-Michael Lux, Kadar Magor, Gilles Peyroux and Adriano Venditti, Rhetological Fallacies is now available in Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. We’re thinking of creating an interactive version of this graphic. Is that a good idea? Let us know your thoughts & ideas in our 30 sec survey. Taken from the forthcoming infographic mega-tome, Knowledge is Beautiful. Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies. Writing. TV Tropes.

100 Most beautiful words in the English language* Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of Style. School House Rock. Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers. Jerz > Writing > Creative > How to Write a Short Story (Dennis Jerz and Kathy Kennedy) Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory — your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters. 1.

Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? The Seven Basic Plots. According to the British journalist and author Christopher Booker, there are only seven ‘storylines’ in the world. In his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, a work that took over forty years to write, Booker surveys world literature, outlining commonalities and showing that, although there are a multitude of tales and endless variety in the telling, all narratives are really variations of the basic seven.

Booker’s work is detailed, interesting, and very long—over 700 pages—but his message is simple. Whether they represent the deep psychological structures of human experience or whether they are merely constructs of tradition, no matter what the story, you’ll find one or more of these basic plotlines: Rags to Riches Someone who has seemed to the world quite commonplace is shown to have been hiding a second, more exceptional self within. Although it may seem reductive to restrict all narrative to these seven basic plots, it is actually quite instructive. EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago citation styles. Write or Die by Dr Wicked. English 50.

Teaching Writing - Resource Topics. OWL. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. Commas. Summary: This resource offers a number of pages about comma use. Writing About Literature. Grammar. Common Themes in Literture. Common Themes in Literature It has been argued that there are anywhere between 3 and 40 main themes in literature that continue to be explored by each successive generation of writers. Index of Themes and Motifs. Macbeth Navigator: Index of Themes and Motifs Fair and foul. How To Publish a Book & Writing tips & Five steps to follow in writing a novel & How To Publish a Book - StumbleUpon.

Rhetoric2. To go directly to the discussion of a particular device, click on the name below. GRAMMAR good bad + ugly! Tenses. The 3 Most Common Uses of Irony. Grammar 3. "The The Impotence of Proofreading," by TAYLOR MALI. Like_youknow. Taylor Mali performs "Any Language, Much Less English" The Clause. Teaching Adverbial and Adjective Clauses.

Adjective and A List of Adjectives: EnchantedLearning. I Write Like. 5 editor’s secrets to help you write like a pro. Grammar Nazis. 5 situations where it's better to tell than show in your fiction. Creative Writing Prompts. Grammar. 45 ways to avoid using the word 'very'

Writing Skills. English Tenses. Help! Punctuation & Syllabication.