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Zadie Smith's 10 Rules of Writing

Zadie Smith's 10 Rules of Writing
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Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules of Writing By Maria Popova In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman: WritePut one word after another. For more timeless wisdom on writing, see Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for a great story, David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac’s 30 beliefs and techniques, John Steinbeck’s 6 pointers, and Susan Sontag’s synthesized learnings. Image by Kimberly Butler

Scientists Design Exercises that Make You Smarter If you want to strengthen your abdominal muscles, you can do sit-ups. Tone your upper body? Push-ups. The very notion flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Select an option below: Customer Sign In *You must have purchased this issue or have a qualifying subscription to access this content a-highly-unlikely-scenario-by-rachel-cantor In a not-too-distant future, in a world much like our own, a young man sits in a white room, answering a white phone, listening. In his world, fast-food chains and political philosophies are one. Jack-o-Bites chefs and Whiggery Piggery employees brawl with kebab sticks in the public square, and neo-Baconians keep safe houses to protect themselves from the Cathars at the Strawberry Parfait. While admittedly highly unlikely, this scenario will in many ways be familiar to fans of absurdist fiction and film. Photo Quirkiness abounds in Rachel Cantor’s alternate universe: Distance is measured in versts and cubits, public transportation is carried out in wagonettes, and policemen wear Chipmunk Patrol sashes. There’s a coldness to whimsy that sometimes creeps into books of this stripe. Happily, “A Highly Unlikely Scenario” does not get bogged down in such empty displays of dexterity. First, Leonard’s human connections ring very true. Then there is Leonard’s beloved dead grandfather.

Che cos'é la comunicazione multimediale - Nicola Amato Web Page Quando parliamo di multimedialità ci riferiamo alla compresenza e interazione di più mezzi di comunicazione in uno stesso supporto informativo. Si parla di contenuti multimediali , specie in ambito informatico, quando per comunicare un'informazione riguardo a qualcosa ci si avvale di molti media, diversi tra loro, quali possono essere le immagini in movimento di un video, le immagini statiche delle fotografie, la musica e il testo; i nuovi media insomma. Ad esempio, un' enciclopedia multimediale, come può essere la famosissima “Wikipedia” su Internet, a differenza di una normale enciclopedia cartacea, permette di associare ad ogni voce non solo la sua spiegazione testuale, ma anche fotografie, disegni esplicativi, filmati, suoni, commenti audio, etc. Concetti molto legati alla comunicazione multimediale sono quelli dell'interattività e dell'ipertestualità, che andremo a vedere nei prossimi paragrafi. Multimedialità e interattività Ma vediamo meglio di che cosa si tratta. Ipermedialità

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want. Avoid prologues. They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. There is a prologue in John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday, but it’s O.K. because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all about. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … …he admonished gravely. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. This rule doesn’t require an explanation.

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers By Maria Popova UPDATE: These daily routines have now been adapted into a labor-of-love visualization of writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity. Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and interviews — many from the fantastic Paris Review archives — and culled a handful of writing routines from some of my favorite authors. Ray Bradbury, a lifelong proponent of working with joy and an avid champion of public libraries, playfully defies the question of routines in this 2010 interview: My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. Joan Didion creates for herself a kind of incubation period for ideas, articulated in this 1968 interview: I need an hour alone before dinner, with a drink, to go over what I’ve done that day. E. I never listen to music when I’m working. Photograph by Tom Palumbo, 1956

Cinco ideas para asegurar que tus clases no son aburridas Muchos profesores, cada año ven como sus alumnos ponen cara de aburrimiento y pocas ganas de atender cuando explican en clase. Explicar el mismo contenido y de la misma manera año tras año ya no es suficiente en esta era digital. Para involucrar al alumno debes conocer que le motiva y con qué herramientas aprende mejor. Si te preguntas ¿Cómo hago para que mis clases no sean aburridas? 1. Tras el esfuerzo y las horas dedicadas en un trabajo es muy gratificante para los alumnos poder exponer su proceso de aprendizaje y el resultado final. 2. Piensa en los objetivos que quieres alcanzar cuando vas a explicar un tema y escoge en cada momento la herramienta tecnológica más apropiada. 3. Las TIC te permiten debatir y acceder a un aprendizaje con centros cerca de ti pero también con centros de países bien lejanos y diferentes. 4. El aprendizaje no debe quedar limitado a las paredes del aula. 5. ¿Y tu qué haces para que tus clases no sean aburridas? Foto por Family O’Abé Entradas Relacionadas:

The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading When a minaret dating from the twelfth century was toppled in the fighting between rebels and government forces in Aleppo, Syria, earlier this spring, we recognized that more than a building had been lost. The destruction of irreplaceable artifacts—like the massive Buddha statues dynamited in the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan in 2001 and the ancient texts burned and looted in Iraq in 2003—leaves us less equipped to understand ourselves and where we came from, less able to enlarge ourselves with the awe and pleasure that these creations once evoked. Which is why we should care about the survival of a human treasure threatened right here at home: the deep reader. “Deep reading”—as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the web—is an endangered practice, one we ought to take steps to preserve as we would a historic building or a significant work of art. None of this is likely to happen when we’re scrolling through TMZ.com. Related

Scrivere per il web Anche nella comunicazione di impresa ogni strumento deve avere il suo linguaggio. Scrivere un discorso è diverso da scrivere una brochure. Scrivere il bilancio annuale della società è diverso da scrivere una presentazione o un documento tecnico. Così, non si possono fare una pagina o un sito web prendendo testi pensati e scritti per la carta e salvandoli in html. Ma nel caso della scrittura online è tutto molto più complicato, perché Internet si evolve in continuazione e non si fa in tempo ad elaborare non tanto delle regole quanto delle idee, che queste sono già superate. All'inizio, le pagine erano lunghi testi su fondo grigio mentre oggi ci assalgono con la forza e i colori di uno spot. A lungo, la scrittura è stata la vera cenerentola di Internet, stretta da una parte dalla programmazione e dalla tecnica, dall'altra dal predominio della grafica. Eppure imparare a scrivere per il web è particolarmente importante e urgente.

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck By Maria Popova If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we’ve been right on course with David Ogilvy’s 10 no-nonsense tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great writers. Now comes Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel laureate John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) with six tips on writing, originally set down in a 1962 letter to the actor and writer Robert Wallsten included in Steinbeck: A Life in Letters (public library) — the same magnificent volume that gave us Steinbeck’s advice on falling in love. Steinbeck counsels: Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. ↬ Open Culture

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