Default Narrative Sexism Following on from my recent thoughts on female characters in YA dystopias and the Broken Bird trope, something else about the treatment of women in stories has been niggling at me. Writing those both posts, my emotional reaction was consistently stronger and more negative than seemed explicable by their topics alone – as though there was something else under it, some deeper irk I couldn’t consciously describe, but which was nonetheless feeding into my reaction. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to figure out what it was; and now, finally, I think I’ve drawn a bead on it. So! Internet Resources - Writers Resources - Writing Links & Writers Unsorted [/writers] James Patrick Kelly - Murder Your Darlings - "When time comes to make that final revision, however, you must harden your heart, sharpen the ax and murder your darlings." Greda Vaso - Determining the Readability of a Book - includes formulas for Gunning's Fog Index, Flesch Formula, Powers Sumner Kearl L. Kip Wheeler - Literary Terms and Definitions L. Kip Wheeler - Comp - Lit - Poetry - Links - more Style - Grammar - Errors in English [/writers]American Heritage - Book of English Usage - free download Band-Aid AP StylebookPaul Brians - Common Errors in EnglishCJ Cherryh - Writerisms and other Sins The Chicago Manual of Style FAQ Gary N.
Sphere Michael Spaw 10/28/03 This is the third of the series based on the elements. Ti is the symbol for Titanium Atomic Number 22 Symbol Ti Atomic Weight 47.90 Discovery Gregor 1791 Electron Configuration [Ar]4s23d2 Word Origin Latin titans: in mythology, the first sons of Earth Isotopes There are 13 known isotopes of titanium. Natural titanium includes five stable isotopes with atomic masses 46-50.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers I discussed the need to get rid of empty emphatics when I gave you 8 words to seek and destroy in your writing, but just saying that you should get rid of a thing doesn't say much about the right way to do so. Today I'm going to show you a few of my favorite ways to get rid of your empty modifiers. What exactly is an empty modifier? It's any word whose only role is to intensify the word it's modifying. The prime candidates here are "very" and "really," but "extremely," "intensely," "totally," "absolutely," "quite," and many other emphatic modifiers make the list. Further, many emphatics that shift meaning slightly or add some flavor (e.g., "just" or "damn") should be approached with skepticism, and it's easy to find flimsy "-ly" words that show us why the road to hell is paved with adverbs.
The Difference Between a Rich Author and a Poor Author There’s a real difference between what rich authors do and what poor authors do, and the difference has nothing to do with their writing ability. How many times have you read a poorly written book and then wondered why it was a best seller, only to then read a really well written book that languished in anonymity. No one had ever heard of it and it had sold only a handful of copies.
Ten Things You Can Do with CSS (That You Might Not Have Known You Could Do) 1. Transparent Backgrounds If you're doing anything in, on, or around Web design, you probably already know the basics of using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). But just learning a few rules doesn't mean you know everything. There are many subtle (and not-so-obvious) techniques that combine CSS capabilities in ways to get some striking design effects. Jason Cranford Teague shows you 10 of his favorite things to do with CSS (that you might not have known you could do). If you are doing anything in, on, or around Web design, you probably already know the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). But learning a few rules doesn’t mean you know everything. Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips Film critic Catherine Bray interviewed Joss Whedon in 2006 for UK movie magazine Hotdog to find out his top ten screenwriting tips. Catherine has kindly given us permission to reproduce the article here. Photo: Joss Whedon at San Diego Comic Con - courtesy of Gage Skidmore. Joss Whedon is most famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel and the short-lived but much-loved Firefly series.
Lesson 3, How to Write A Book!! Hi!, Whew! I got literally dozens of writing samples from yesterday's writing exercise! They were great! Tech & Tonic & What code DOESN'T do in real life (That it does in the movies) As a nod to my days of old and hours and days (read: I’m downplaying that figure a lot) spent whiled away in World of Warcraft or Counter-Strike, I’ve got to reference this new, and actually extremely cool, piece of news that hit the wires just a few hours ago. Big Blue (IBM for those not hip to the lingo) has just announced that they will be developing and opening 12 islands in the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Second Life. Some of the new possibilities which I would say may become SOP within about five years time are things like off-site training (demonstrations in game — can you call it a game anymore?), marketing campaigns and community outreach as PR ploys in these cyber worlds (haven’t settled on a term yet), and e-commerce … in a virtual world. Whoa. Check out the full story on Yahoo!
I am your editor I have been in publishing for over ten years, mostly as an editor. I am the person who accepts or rejects your manuscript. Here is how I make my decisions. Don't forget your title!! Hi, and welcome to your first lesson on how to get your book written faster than you ever thought possible. Before we get started, I want you to know there's a special gift waiting for you in Lesson 4 that will be coming your way so don't just delete these emails when they come. Read them. They're important. If you don't, you get zapped from the class (honest!) and you lose your chance for learning how to write a book faster than you ever thought possible!