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Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses
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3 Ways to Map Stories Creating mapped stories is one of my favorite activities to help history students see the significance of location in historical events. Most of the time I have students include dated placemarks on the mapped stories that they build. Here are three free tools that students can use to map stories. The Google Earth Tour Builder allows students to create Google Earth tours in their web browsers. Odyssey.js is an open source map creation tool from CartoDB. StoryMap JS is a nice tool for creating mapped stories. Here are this week’s most popular posts on FreeTech4Teachers.com: 1. Summer PD Opportunities With Me. Would you like to have me visit your school?

77 Things I Learned From Writing 1,000 Blog Essays – Auxiliary Memory By James Wallace Harris, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 This is my 1,000th blog post and I’ve learned a lot from blogging. My first post was “Access time in a fifty-five year old brain” published 12/26/2006. Here’s the first paragraph: The main reason I’ve created this blog is to help me remember. Well, I’m still struggling to organize my thoughts, but I’m quite confident Auxiliary Memory has been an huge help as an external memory device. To celebrate these nine hundred and ninety-nine essays, I thought I’d note some of what I’ve learned. Blogging is like piano practice for writing. Like this: Like Loading... South Park Writers' #1 Writing Rule : writing

: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. To book a lecture event with Mignon Fogarty for your company or organization, contact Macmillan Speakers. Follow Mignon on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Awards Media The Oprah Winfrey Show, Grammar Girl Fixes Common Mistakes, March 2007 "Mignon has come up with clever ideas to help even the most grammatically challenged person remember the rules." "Helpful.

Writing Excuses 6.7: Brainstorming a Cyberpunk Story Here’s a brainstorming episode in which Brandon throws random concepts from a textbook of his on gods and goddesses, and we attempt to brainstorm a cyberpunk story from these elements. The elements thrown at us include clay, Sanskrit, fire god, and Buddhism. If you’ve ever wanted to watch professionals wrestle with story genesis, this is the episode for you. Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: A Scanner Darkly, by Phillip K. Writing Prompt: Come up with a cyberpunk world using the seed “penguins.” This episode of Writing Excuses has been brought to you by Audible. Audible® Free Trial Details Get your first 14 days of the AudibleListener® Gold membership plan free, which includes one audiobook credit. This entry was posted on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 at 5:07 pm and is filed under Collaboration, Demonstration, Genre, Ideas, Setting.

Foundation Online Learning Sit Down, Shut Up, and Write Your Fucking Book: Uplifting Tips for the Aspiring Author. Ease into it Waking up can be an extremely complex issue. In fact, there is no guarantee it can always be done. Take a moment to marvel that you have accomplished a great feat. If you decide to reward yourself with a lie in, applaud yourself. Be properly attired What are you wearing? Keep hydrated Fill up a gas can with water or Honey Jack Daniels. Keep your blood flowing Other things that should be on your mind at this early stage in the writing day are deep-vein thrombosis and lethal blood clots. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF THE WORD “WRITING” IS TOO INTIMIDATING, CONSIDER USING A EUPHEMISM LIKE “PENPIDDLING” OR “WORDYWHOOPWHOOP.” Draw strength from past defeats Take a minute to remember that time your writing teacher told you to consider an alternate career in underwater basket weaving. Take deep, deep breaths Fill your lungs with Febreeze’d air and look around your writing room/prison cell. Copy the routines of your heroes Don’t sweat the small stuff Open your laptop and look at the screen.

Steve Martin Shows You How to Write a Sketch Show in His Rare TV Special The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.) This might be heresy to some of you, but I just can’t get into the early seasons of SNL. I can appreciate their importance and the talent of the writing and cast, but whether it’s a time issue or a generational thing, watching that Season One DVD set felt like more of a chore than a treat. I’m willing to attach this lofty claim to an NBC special entitled Steve Martin: Comedy is Not Pretty. The Absurd Sketch Advertisement The Satirical Sketch The Commercial Parody Sketch The Character Sketch

- LifeEdited Writing Excuses 6.6: Cyberpunk Cyberpunk: What is it? Why is it? We’ve mentioned it before, but we’ve never attempted to tackle it. We begin with an attempt to define cyberpunk (the literary genre), which is typically near-future SF, anti-establishment, early dystopian fiction featuring connectivity, body modification, and culture shifts. We argue a bit over the finer points, which fits the topic perfectly. We move on to discuss how you might set about writing cyberpunk, which is, as Dan points out, the SF genre we’re catching up to. Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson, narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie. Writing Prompt: A cyberpunk setting in which tattoos are the equivalent of implanted tech… and somebody has hacked your tattoo. This episode of Writing Excuses has been brought to you by Audible. Audible® Free Trial Details Get your first 14 days of the AudibleListener® Gold membership plan free, which includes one audiobook credit.

45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’ Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen. If you enjoyed this, you will love: If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course. by Amanda Patterson © Amanda Patterson

Brent Weeks | Writing Advice My eyes usually glaze over whenever I see somebody saying something as artsy as “go into yourself”. But this is Rilke. And it’s worth getting past that. You are looking outward, and that above all you should not do now. In an effort to make it so you don’t have to scroll ludicrously far to read the new update every month, we’ve broken the Writing Advice Page into four pages. LATEST POST: Should there be happy endings? 1. a. b. c. d. I. e. f. g. I. II. III. IV. h. i. 2. a. I. II. b. I. c. d. e. 3. a. b. c. d. e. I. II. III. f. g. h. i. j. 4. a. b. c. a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k.

Writing Comedy Sketches That Sell by Brian LuffThe Internet Writing Journal, July 1999 Introduction The first thing to do before you sit down and try and write a sketch, is to watch and read as many other comedy sketches as you can. Research While you're watching, make notes. Getting Started Never sit down in front of a blank sheet of paper. Write the titles at the top of three separate pages, and then, working on all three sketches at the same time, write down everything you can think of connected to each of the three subjects. 1) Choose a setting. Brainstorming Bounce comedy ideas off the people around you. Where do the Ideas Come From? If you're stuck, the best place to go looking for ideas for sketches is in big reference books like, for example, Halliwell's Film Guide. For example, your sketch could be a spoof of: 1) A western? "Put a Spin On It" There a literally hundreds of thousands of potential starting points for a sketch. Working Backwards Sketches really should have a strong finish, so always work backwards. Layout

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