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George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing
In our society, the study of language and literature is the domain of poets, novelists, and literary critics. Language is considered a decorative art, fit for entertainment and culture, but practically useless in comparison to the concrete sciences. Just look at the value of a college degree in English versus one in computer science or accounting. But is this an accurate assessment of value? Language is the primary conductor between your brain and the minds of your audience. If you want to be understood, if you want your ideas to spread, using effective language must be your top priority.In the modern world of business and politics this is hardly ever the case. This is hardly a recent problem, and as George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, the condition is curable. 1. This sounds easy, but in practice is incredibly difficult. For this exact reason they must be avoided. 2. Long words don’t make you sound intelligent unless used skillfully. Poor Faulkner.

Resumen de políticas de la apa para citas y referencias bibliográficas - Razón y Palabra En revistas cuya numeración es progresiva en las diferentes ediciones que componen un volumen, se pone solamente el número de este último (en caracteres arábigos): Biltereyst, D. (1992). Language and culture as ultimate barriers? an analysis of the circulation, consumption and popularity of fiction in small European countries. En revistas cuya numeración inicia con la página 1 en cada uno de los números que componen un volumen, agregar el número del ejemplar entre paréntesis después de señalar el volumen: Emery, M. (1989). En revistas donde no se señala el volumen, pero sí el número del ejemplar, poner éste entre paréntesis: Pérez, M. (1997). En ediciones dobles de revistas sin volumen seguir el siguiente ejemplo: Trejo Delarbre, R. (1995/96). Tesis No publicada: Byrd, A. (1996). Revistas no académicas y de divulgación Si se señala el autor del artículo, seguir este ejemplo: Carro, N. (1991, mayo). 1990: un año de cine. Reseñas de libros y revistas González, L. (1997). Autor, A.

Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online When historians come to write about the digital transformation currently engulfing the book-publishing world, they will almost certainly refer to Amanda Hocking, writer of paranormal fiction who in the past 18 months has emerged from obscurity to bestselling status entirely under her own self-published steam. What the historians may omit to mention is the crucial role played in her rise by those furry wide-mouthed friends, the Muppets. To understand the vital Muppet connection we have to go back to April 2010. We find Hocking sitting in her tiny, sparsely furnished apartment in Austin, Minnesota. She is penniless and frustrated, having spent years fruitlessly trying to interest traditional publishers in her work. To make matters worse, she has just heard that an exhibition about Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, is coming to Chicago later that year and she can't afford to make the trip. Then it comes to her. To which Eric replies: "Yeah. Let's jump to October 2010. Stephen Leather

The Most Comma Mistakes Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. As I noted in my earlier article, rules and conventions about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up. Identification Crisis If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times. I went to see the movie, “Midnight in Paris” with my friend, Jessie. Comma after “movie,” comma after “friend” and, sometimes, comma after “Paris” as well. I went to see the movie “Midnight in Paris” with my friend Jessie. If that seems wrong or weird or anything short of clearly right, bear with me a minute and take a look at another correct sentence: I went to see Woody Allen’s latest movie, “Midnight in Paris,” with my oldest friend, Jessie. You need a comma after “movie” because this and only this is Mr. The syntactical situation I’m talking about is identifier-name. Grammatically, there are various ways of describing what’s going on. A Bronx plumber, Stanley Ianella, bought the winning lottery ticket. And even Or

How to avoid making mistakes in English by Tomasz P. Szynalski © Tomasz P. Szynalski, Learners make mistakes and reinforce them because they produce sentences (1) too carelessly or (2) too early. You will avoid mistakes if you follow a couple of rules: Rules of error-free speaking and writing Use simple language. “Will I ever be fluent if I speak so slowly and carefully?” Don’t worry about fluency. It is much better to be slow and correct than be fluent and make a lot of mistakes. My experience with error-free writing When I was in college, I started learning German with the Antimoon Method. How was that possible — writing correct sentences after getting so little input? For example, I knew that the German word for use was benutzen, but I didn’t know how to use it in a sentence like “Which program do you use to copy CDs?”. I spent a lot of time on each sentence. The writing process was long and it took a lot of effort, but it was fun. Don’t speak or write too early What happens in English classes

Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update How long should my tweet be? Or my blogpost? Or my headline? I ask this question a lot. It seems that others do, too. I’d love to see if I can help make it even more useful. Along with all the best tips on optimal lengths for tweets, blogposts, headlines, and more, I’ve added a few additional lengths to the list—the ones that came up most often in the comments of the last post, like SlideShare length, Pinterest length, and more. And to make it just as easy as possible to consume all this information quickly and easily, we partnered with our friends at SumAll to place the data and insights into a fun infographic. Infographic: The optimal length for social media updates and more Click to enlarge. Share this image on your site! <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic. If you enjoy the snazzy look and helpful info in this infographic, SumAll published a companion infographic (in a super cool, printable pdf format) over on their blog. If you want this …

Evaluating Sources of Information Summary: Evaluating sources of information is an important step in any research activity. This section provides information on evaluating bibliographic citations, aspects of evaluation, reading evaluation, print vs. online sources, and evaluating Internet sources. Contributors: Dana Lynn Driscoll, Allen BrizeeLast Edited: 2018-01-24 02:05:54 The world is full of information to be found—however, not all of it is valid, useful, or accurate. The quantity of information available is so staggering that we cannot know everything about a subject. Similarly, for information on other topics, not only is there a huge quantity available but with a very uneven level of quality. Evaluating sources is an important skill. When writing research papers, you will also be evaluating sources as you search for information.

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book I’ve published eight books in the past seven years, five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book, and the last two I’ve self-published. In this post I give the specific details of all of my sales numbers and advances with the traditional publishers. Although the jury is still out on my self-published books, “How to be the Luckiest Man Alive” and “I Was Blind But Now I See” I can tell you these two have already sold more than my five books with traditional publishers, combined. If you, the entrepreneur, self-publish a book you will stand out, you will make more money, you will kick your competitors right in the XX, and you will look amazingly cool at cocktail parties. I know this because I am seldom cool but at cocktail parties, with my very own comic book, I can basically have sex with anyone in the room. A) Advances are going to zero. B) Lag time. C) Marketing. Here’s what’s so funny. E) More control over content and design. Now, 1. 2. E) Kindle. 1.

How writers can refine their story, book ideas More than 300 writers shared their ideas about writing at last weekend’s “Narrative Arc” conference, which Poynter co-sponsored. I delivered a keynote address and then shared a spot on four panel discussions. My favorite was titled “Revising Before Your Begin: Selecting, Defining and Refining Topics.” This turned out to be a timely topic for me. It comes down to this specialized part of the writing process called “refining the topic.” So how do you decide what to focus on? I chatted about this and more in this week’s writing chat, which you can replay here: Tags: Live chats, Writing tips and techniques

Writing Online: Best Practices — Groundwire West Coast firm transfers clients to experts in Plone hosting UPDATE Mar. 12th, 2013: The board at Groundwire asked us to share this official press release (PDF) to help explain what has happened. INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 2013 - Six Feet Up has acquired 110 Plone hosting clients from a partner in Seattle., an agency that helps non-profit organizations with their web strategy and development needs, has decided to exit the hosting business. “This is a significant expansion of Plone hosting clients that we serve.” said Six Feet Up CTO, Calvin Hendryx-Parker. Six Feet Up operates two data centers for Python-based web applications, like Plone, and specializes in developing and hosting sophisticated web applications. In July 2012 the company acquired 35 Plone hosting clients from another web agency, NPower Northwest. Plone is an open source enterprise web content management system. To learn more about Six Feet Up visit About Six Feet Up, Inc.