Formal and Informal Writing Examples Formal vs. Informal – Who’s It For? Often considered more engaging, informal writing figuratively loosens the author’s constricting tie to offer readers familiarity and character. Formal writing, on the other hand, is used to deliver information succinctly and factually. When determining which style is appropriate, consider how you approach your audience in a face-to-face conversation. For instance, how do you speak with your peers vs. your clients? In addition to your audience, consider your brand. Formal and Informal Style Tips and Examples Formal writing favors longer, more detailed sentences to thoroughly convey a thought. The honey badger is a species native to Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent; however, it is most dissimilar from other badger species due to its resemblance to the weasel. Informal writing favors short, simple sentences. The honey badger can be found in Africa. Formal writing tends to be direct by using jargon to be definitive.
Do Not Touch » Syllabus General Information Instructor: Dr. Kathie Gossett Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype/IM/Twitter: gossettphd Office: Ross 445 Office Hours: Tues 4-5:30 pm, Wed 4-5 pm; Online–anytime you see me online; or by appointment Course Description This course focuses on the ways in which technologies can and do impact our learning, writing, and teaching. This course will: introduce intellectual, technological, and institutional issues related to teaching with technology;create a space to explore a range of information and communication technologies and the ways in which they do or can intersect with learning, writing, and teaching practices;focus on relevant research and scholarship—primarily by computers and writing scholars—to situate us to the intellectual history and dynamics of teaching with technology; andintroduce and negotiate different physical, blended, and online spaces for teaching with technology, including traditional classrooms, technology classrooms, computer labs, and wireless spaces.
102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections. Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. Also, I recommend some resources for Revision and some online Tools and Software. Too many links? 10 Days of Character Building Name Generators Name Playground The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting) How to Create a Character Seven Common Character Types Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters It’s Not What They Say . . . Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character” How to Start Writing in the Third Person Web Resources for Developing Characters Speaking of Dialogue
www.huhmagazine.co Freelance journalist Jill Harness has put together a list of the 62 most beautiful libraries in the world for Mental Floss. After collecting images of these grand buildings over the years, Harness decided that the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, was deserving of the top spot (picture below), saying: "Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, with two story dark wooden arches, this is also the largest library in all of Ireland. It serves as the country’s copyright library, where a copy of all new books and periodicals must be sent when they apply for copyright protection. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic www.mentalfloss.com
The power of simple words - Terin Izil Many people may be guilty of incomprehensible or overly-elaborate language on occasion—but who are the repeat offenders? In small groups, see if you can identify one or two public figures or groups who fit the bill and draw up the charges. Make a “Wanted” poster that includes two or three examples, for each, of especially obscure communication. Also, offer your own explanation(s) for why this individual or group is so hooked on the $10 words. For inspiration, see how lawyers, medical professionals and federal workers are policing their own professions’ use of language: www.clarity-international.net (the lawyers) www.plainlanguage.gov (the feds) www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/pdf/Simply_Put.pdf (the meds) To become an American citizen, the U.S. government requires people to pass a test that includes several questions about the U.S.
Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary The Doctor Who doodle started life as a request from a huge fan at Google. It seemed daunting- 11 Doctor's, 50 years of adventures, countless enemies and time travel! But we loved the idea of science fiction, technology and fun coming together, so we set about creating a multiple level game. The game was always a simple premise- those dastardly Daleks have stolen the Google letters and we need Doctor Who to retrieve them. Artists don't make games, programmers do. I provided the designs and various pieces of animation but without the engineers the game would only exist in another dimension! Engineering Gurus - Rui Lopes, Corrie Scalisi, Mark Ivey Additional support - Doug Simpkinson, Jonathan Shneier All things D of 3 - Leon Hong Deity of rain, lava & lightning - Kevin Laughlin Additional game ideas - Gregory Capuano Sounds - The BBC, Tom Tabanao, Manuel Clement and Cody! We thank the BBC for trusting us and also helping us whenever needed.
What “Top Gun” has in common with “The Odyssey” IN THE SUMMER of 1986, on the verge of fourteen, I accompanied my friend and her family to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a two-week beach vacation. The small cottage we stayed in was without a television, and after just two initial days of sunshine, a unrelenting rain came in. At first, we busied ourselves with chocolate milkshakes and gossip, several successful trips to the hermit crab store, and stuffing our first bikini tops with potholders. One hundred and ten minutes later, we staggered out into the sunlight, slackjawed and stunned. In the ten days that followed, my friend and I saw Top Gun five more times. I’ve thought a lot about what makes this movie so successful. But valid theories, hot guys, and catchy music aside, I think this movie stands the test of time because it tells the oldest story there is. Below, I give you the movie as monomyth. 1. 2. These antics are in direct conflict with what he’s been called to do—a blatant refusal of his mission. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Life in Fantasyland 11 Amazing Thank You Notes From Famous People After a short stint in the New York theater world, comedienne Carol Burnett landed a job as a regular on The Garry Moore Show in 1959. She caught the attention of CBS executives, who offered her her own series in 1967. With her husband Joe Hamilton at the helm, Burnett broke new ground as the first female host of a TV variety show. The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 seasons and earned a handful of Emmy Awards in the process. To celebrate the legendary comedienne's 85th birthday, here are some fun facts about the show and the folks who made it so side-splittingly hilarious. As Carol Burnett painfully recalled later in life, whenever she’d expressed an interest in a career in the theater as a teen, her mother would always dissuade her and recommend that she would have better luck studying to become a writer. As she was nearing graduation from UCLA, Burnett and several fellow drama students were invited to a departing professor’s house to perform at his bon voyage party.