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The Adverb Is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style

The Adverb Is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style
by Maria Popova “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.” “Employ a simple and straightforward style,” Mark Twain instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb? Though he may have used a handful of well-placed adverbs in his recent eloquent case for gun control, King embarks upon a forceful crusade against this malignant part of speech: The adverb is not your friend.Adverbs … are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. King uses the admonition against adverbs as a springboard for a wider lens on good and bad writing, exploring the interplay of fear, timidity, and affectation: I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. This latter part, touching on the contrast between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, illustrates the critical difference between working for prestige and working for purpose. Donating = Loving Related:  Escrituraécriture

How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word Find a Subject You Care About Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. Do Not Ramble, Though I won’t ramble on about that. Keep It Simple As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred. Have the Guts to Cut It may be that you, too, are capable of making necklaces for Cleopatra, so to speak. Sound like Yourself The writing style which is most natural for you is bound to echo the speech you heard when a child. Say What You Mean to Say Pity the Readers

Comment écrire un bon article (Schéma en Image) Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. This is excellent advice. Revision in the second draft, “one of them, anyway,” may “necessitate some big changes” says King in his 2000 memoir slash writing guide On Writing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. See a fuller exposition of King’s writing wisdom at Barnes & Noble’s blog. Related Content: Stephen King Creates a List of 96 Books for Aspiring Writers to Read Stephen King Writes A Letter to His 16-Year-Old Self: “Stay Away from Recreational Drugs”

The Seven Basic Plots: Christopher Booker Examines Common Narratives in Storytelling 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.

Essay Writing Summary: The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes. Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them. Contributors:Jack Baker, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth AngeliLast Edited: 2013-03-11 10:04:15 What is an expository essay? The expository essay is a genre of essay that requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner. Please note: This genre is commonly assigned as a tool for classroom evaluation and is often found in various exam formats. The structure of the expository essay is held together by the following. A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay. A bit of creativity!

Hero's journey "A Practical Guide to Joseph Cambell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Christopher Vogler © 1985 “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” In the long run, one of the most influential books of the 20th century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell’s THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. The book and the ideas in it are having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes in part to the ageless patterns that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book. The ideas Campbell presents in this and other books are an excellent set of analytical tools. With them you can almost always determine what’s wrong with a story that’s floundering; and you can find a better solution almost any story problem by examining the pattern laid out in the book. There’s nothing new in the book.

Les actions correctives - Les actions préventives Les actions correctives permettent de résoudre les problèmes posés. Il s’agit de mettre en œuvre une démarche méthodologique (méthode de résolution de problèmes) s’attachant à identifier la cause première d’une situation réelle afin que la solution retenue mise en œuvre puisse éviter toute réapparition de ce dit problème. Le point de départ est avant tout de bien poser un problème car « un problème bien posé est un problème à moitié résolu ». Comment bien poser un problème ? Trois paragraphes suffisent à bien poser une situation problématique. Cette méthode a pour but de recenser l’ensemble des faits, les conséquences induites et la situation satisfaisante d’origine. Etape n°1 Le premier paragraphe consiste à exposer les faits constatés. L’outil QQOQC vous permet de garder cette ligne de conduite. Etape n°2 Le deuxième paragraphe consiste à exposer les conséquences liées aux faits exposés précédemment. Pourquoi les conséquences ? Etape n°3 Comment rechercher les causes ? En conclusion

The 8 Steps of A Great Digital Storytelling Process March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and students learn through the use of digital storytelling entails the implementation of a well-paced plan that clearly outlines both the objectives and expectations behind this integration. Samantha Morra (Google certified teacher) has this wonderful visual on the process of digital storytelling. This process comprises 8 steps : Come with an ideaResearch/explore and learnWrite/ScriptStoryboard/PlanGather/create images, gather/create audio, gather create video.Put it all togetherShareFeedback and reflect If you are looking for some web tools for teaching digital storytelling, I would recommend this page.

Comment écrire un bon article ? Comment écrire un bon article qui sera lu et diffusé sur les médias sociaux ? Un texte attrayant et cohérent ? Voici quelques conseils issus de mon expérience de journaliste… et qui devraient vous faciliter la vie. Pour beaucoup de gens, écrire un bon article est facile pour un journaliste chevronné. Ecrire un bon article, même si vous êtes un vieux briscard de la presse, est une activité exigeante et qui demande beaucoup de travail. J’ai rassemblé dans cette mindmap (ou carte mentale) toutes les étapes du processus. Comment écrire un bon article ? 1. Trouvez un bon sujet pour vos lecteurs : quelque chose d’intriguant, de passionnant, de fascinant ! 2. Mais avant tout, n’oubliez pas : vous écrivez pour vos lecteurs et non pas pour vous-même ! 3. Comment trouver un bon sujet pour vos lecteurs ? Mettez au point une veille, en utilisant par exemple un agrégateur de nouvelles tel Feedly (il en existe beaucoup d’autres). 4. Cela va vous aider à rassembler de l’information pertinente. 5. 6. 7.

Storytelling e schema narrativo Il marketing narrativo o storytelling d’impresa è una disciplina nuova , delineatosi intorno agli anni ‘80/’90 del secolo scorso ma che progressivamente, dato il suo carattere trasversale, ha permeato molti campi, da quello psicologico a quello economico. Mi sono interessata al tema del marketing narrativo soltanto di recente, a seguito di un corso di formazione di Lab121 con i docenti Alessio Giachin Ricca e Piero Camerone e ne sono stata completamente conquistata. Andrea Fontana, docente di storytelling presso l’Università di Pavia, la definisce come “la scienza che traduce e promuove le cose in parole, immagini e suoni. Traducendole le rende vere, quindi legittimate ad esistere”. La narrazione è uno strumento antico che nel corso dei secoli ha svolto differenti funzioni, da quello più tradizionale della formazione di una cultura e di un’identità, a quello di condivisione di conoscenza. “Scegli un personaggio e noi ti forniamo gli accessori “ C. Lo schema narrativo Inizio Svolgimento