I raised an addict – what could I have done differently? It has been a very interesting month. Since my first post I have connected with old high school friends who have active or recovering addicts in their families. I have been contacted by people who are living the nightmare of Addiction as parents, spouses, children and friends of addicts as well as addicts themselves. Many have shared powerful stories of recovery. I have written or spoken the words ‘I am sorry for your loss’ too many times to count, though we really do need to keep counting… Every person we lose leaves a gaping hole in the world.
These Viral Two Sentence Horror Stories Are Creepier Than Any Scary Movie Seven months ago, a Reddit user asked a simple question: "What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?" The response was deafening and blood curdling, and the conversation is just starting to go viral. The terror contained in these stories is different than the gross-out horror most blockbusters go for. These stories showcase a more subtle, creepier kind of fear, the kind we only feel when something is just teetering on the threshold of threatening. The incredible inventiveness of these lines also vindicate Twitter-style writing, which many critics have claimed is simply too restrictive to allow users to express complex thoughts. The following stories are sure to get your skin crawling during your afternoon lull this Friday.
this-writing-tool-lets-you-write-and-mail-letter-your-future-self-and-get-five-years Anyone who’s ever interviewed for a job has probably found themselves pondering or having to answer the question “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I don’t know about you, but this question generally sends me into a panic. How should I know? Do I look like the Amazing Kreskin? Revision and Editing Checklist for a Critical Essay - Writing About Fiction, Poetry, and Plays By Richard Nordquist When it comes time to revise and edit the next-to-final draft of a critical essay, this checklist should serve as a helpful guide. As a general rule, the best time to revise is not right after you've completed a draft (though sometimes this is unavoidable).
Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you just wrote and think, “Is that comma supposed to be there?” or “Is that really the best word to use?” Fear not! What John Cleese, Stephen King, Paul Simon and Anthony Trollope Can Teach You About Creativity Anthony Trollope was one of the world’s most creative writers. In the 1800’s he regularly released novels over 700 pages in length, multiple times a year, and wrote whole series so long in length that Lord of the Rings looks like a short story. And, he did all of this while working a full time job for the British Postal Service. According to Stephen King in his book On Writing, he was able to stay so creative for one simple reason – his process:
Curious Incident of the Teacher in the Classroom Introduction to Greek Theatre & Antigone: Tufts University’s Perseus Digital Library “The Development of Athenian Tragedy,” excerpted from Thomas R. Martin’s An Overview of Classical Greek History from Mycenae to Alexander. British War Poetry-WWI Back to Modern History SourceBook Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967):"How to Die" Link to Collected Poems [At Columbia] Wilfred Owen (1893-1918):"Anthem for a Doomed Youth" Link to Collected Poems [At Toronto] Wilfred Owen: "Dulce et Decorum Est"Herbert Read (1893-1968): "The Happy Warrior"W.N.Hodgson (1893-1916): "Before Action"Wilfred Gibson (1878-1962) "Back"Link to Collected Poems [At Columbia] Philip Larkin (1922-1985): "MCMXIV" Link to Poems [At Hooked.net] Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) "How to Die"
Crowdfunding For Authors By now, you’re probably familiar with the concept of crowdfunding. Seeking pre-orders and offering the community you’ve already built – or are endeavoring to build – the opportunity to get in on the ground level to help fund your project-in-the-making is not exactly a new idea, but the tools to make it happen are now accessible to everyone via the Internet. Platforms dedicated to connecting artists and writers with an audience inclined to be a patron of the arts abound, but there’s more to the process than simply extending a virtual hand. For any writer seeking a solution to crowdfunding for authors, a little research and planning will go a long way. To that end, we spoke with Guy Vincent, founder and CEO of Publishizer, a crowd publishing platform that helps authors fund their books with pre-orders.
Comics This is a comic about the backfire effect. The first big expansion pack of Exploding Kittens is now shipping. It contains 20 game-changing cards, along with a human-sized cone of shame. I made a new thing. Next Page » Teaching voice Learning outcomes Goal Students will develop effective voice by using sensory detail in their writing. How (& Where) to Get a Short Story Published Maybe you’re an avid short-story writer. Or you write novels but are trying your hand at something briefer. Or a chapter from your novel-in-progress works as a self-contained story. Or you’re in a writing group or workshop that’s focusing on short fiction. However you did it, you did it—you wrote and revised (and further revised) a short story. Now’s the time to send it off into the real world. Department of English and Comparative Literature What is a Bildungsroman? In my examination, I will attempt to answer this misleadingly simple question. The term was suggested by Friedrich von Blanckenburg's discussion of Bildung in his 1774 "Essay on the Novel," coined by Karl Morgenstern in the 1820s, and popularized by Wilhelm Dilthey in his 1870 essay on Friedrick Schleiermacher. Therefore, when we 20th Century readers talk of the Bildungsroman, as we often do, we employ a critical lens honed in 19th Century Germany to treat a genre begun in the 18th Century.