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Rhetoric and Composition

Rhetoric and Composition
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The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing. Delete the word “that.” At least 90% of the times you use the word “that” can be removed from your writing and it will instantly make your sentence stronger. Example: “You believe that I’m lying, but I’m not.” becomes “You believe I’m lying, but I’m not.” Delete the words “I think.” It adds nothing. Example: “I think this is a good sentence.” becomes “This is a good sentence.” Avoid words that end in “-ing.” In most cases, the “-ing” softens your word and adds no value. Example: “The experiences we’re seeking end up being underwhelming and even disappointing.” becomes “The experiences we seek often underwhelm and disappoint.” Short sentences. Most sentences can be cut in half. Keep paragraphs to less than three sentences. White space is your reader’s friend.

Open content Creative work that others can freely copy or modify without asking permission The logo on the screen in the subject's left hand is a Creative Commons license, while the paper in his right hand explains, in Khmer, that the image is open content. History[edit] The concept of applying free software licenses to content was introduced by Michael Stutz, who in 1994 wrote the paper "Applying Copyleft to Non-Software Information" for the GNU Project. It has since come to describe a broader class of content without conventional copyright restrictions. Although open content has been described as a counterbalance to copyright,[3] open content licenses rely on a copyright holder's power to license their work, similarly as copyleft which also utilizes copyright for such a purpose. In 2003 Wiley announced that the Open Content Project has been succeeded by Creative Commons and their licenses, where he joined as "Director of Educational Licenses".[4][5] "Open content" definition[edit] Open access[edit]

Welcome to Awareness Magazine, Southern California's Guide to Conscious Living The Language of the Birds Coming Into Resonance with Mother Earth as We Speak (and Write) By Laurel Airica Speak a new language so the world will be a new world.” — Rumi A concept that has gone in and out of fashion among linguists for decades is that words affect perceptions. So, what would you do if you knew that the words in your mind-mouth-ears — and throughout the at-most-fear — were literally ‘bugged?’ As one who has spent a lifetime playing in the magical undercurrent of word symbols and sounds, I have come to the conclusion that English is largely a fear-based language of limitation and persuasion toward conformity and mediocrity. Betrayed By Our Own Tongue “The Women say the language you speak poisons your glottis tongue palate lips. Consider the sad ring of ‘mourning’ that greets us each new day as we come ‘a wake’ from our nightly immersion in our personal Life’s Dream. What a somber vision of a fallen life such words conjure together when shown in trance-lation. “…. 1 See Dr.

How to write a novel In this article I will discuss how to write a novel. (Articles Index) I'm currently putting together a how-to book containing updated and revised editions of all my articles on writing and publishing, plus a lot of new material. If you'd like to know more, follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter I wrote three novels before I got a nibble from a publisher, so how did I keep myself motivated, pushing myself to finish each one without any guarantee my work would ever see the light of day? There's no secret sauce, I'm afraid - it very much depends on your personality and how determined you are to see things through to the bitter end. Only five or ten percent of those who start writing a novel actually finish the first draft, and while I don't consider myself an expert I can at least share my experience. Skills - First things first. Fortunately writers don't have to pay for our education. Practice - I once considered retelling a favourite book just to get an idea of the level of detail needed. - Languages and Alphabets What follows is a listing of articles that reproduce previously unpublished notes and essays by Tolkien concerning his invented languages and alphabets. They started to appear in significant numbers in the 1980s, and in recent years have formed the bulk of the newly published writings by Tolkien. Further details of the contents of the journals and can be found on the website of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship. Details of unpublished and "slightly published" manuscripts can be found on the website, although please be aware that this site has not been updated for several years. Tolkien Journal. Quettar. Quettar. Parma Eldalamberon. Beyond Bree. Mythlore. Beyond Bree. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Parma Eldalamberon. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Mythlore. The Library of Richard Manney. 1991. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Mythlore. Vinyar Tengwar. Basic Quenya. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Top

Tips for Writing Research Paper Home :: academic tips :: tips for writing research paper Tips for Writing Research Paper Getting Started 1. The first thing you want to do is give yourself enough time to work. 2. * Keep it simple; you don't need an enormous subject to work with. * Make it specific. * Make sure your idea will work. 3. Taking Notes 1. 2. 3. 4. Outline This is the critical step in the process. 1. 2. 3. Introduction: Expand your thesis here. One important idea you want to convey in your paragraph. 1. 2. Follow this method all the way to your last, concluding statement. Rough Draft Write your first draft as freely as possible, following your outline closely. Final Draft Revise paragraphs for unity and coherence. Footnotes and Bibliography You should consult a style manual to find the correct forms to use. Here are a few very good manuals you can try: Campbell, W.C. & Ballou, S.V. (1990). Strunk, W. Turabian,K.V.(1987)A Manual of Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations Final Words By George Mason University

The 7 Story Archetypes, and How They Can Dramatically Improve Your Marketing. Did you know that there are only 7 basic plotlines throughout all story telling? Christopher Booker author of The 7 basic plots distills all of story telling to 7 basic archetypes that make up all of storytelling throughout history. The 7 story archetypes are: Overcoming the MonsterRags to RichesThe QuestVoyage and ReturnComedyTragedyRebirth Now why do I tell you this? How does this possibly relate to marketing? Well, actually it has everything to do with marketing. And in each of these types of stories, there are individual characters that play a huge role in the development to how that chapter in your personal story plays out. Ever meet the wise stranger that gave sagely advice out of nowhere when you needed it the most? The reason I bring this up is because your customers are going through one of these plot lines at this very moment in their lives. Overcoming the Monster In the stories, this is where the hero must destroy the monster to restore balance to the world. Rags to Riches The Quest

University of Victoria - Counselling Services Skills in organizing and integrating information are an important component of thinking critically and of applying the abstract material that you learn at university, and are a prerequisite to independent thinking and problem solving in your discipline. Your education will take on a new dimension when you begin to organize what you learn in your own way, and connect what you learn in your discipline with how you interpret your world. Guidelines and Tips You can begin to think independently simply by working from memory. Another advantage of organizing information is that organized information is much easier to remember than unorganized information, particularly if you organize it yourself. The following procedures incorporate active learning strategies, and will help you make sense of, and remember, the key concepts and detailed information in your courses. Work toward developing a rigorous and coherent organization of the information in your course. Learning Skills Program Resources

What is writing? Writing is a method of representing language in visual or tactile form. Writing systems use sets of symbols to represent the sounds of speech, and may also have symbols for such things as punctuation and numerals. Definitions of writing systems Here are a number of ways to define writing systems: a system of more or less permanent marks used to represent an utterance in such a way that it can be recovered more or less exactly without the intervention of the utterer. From: Daniels, Peter T. & Bright, William, The world's writing systems, P.3 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1996) a set of visible or tactile signs used to represent units of language in a systematic way, with the purpose of recording messages which can be retrieved by everyone who knows the language in question and the rules by virtue of which its units are encoded in the writing system. From: Coulmas, Florian, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems (Oxford, Blackwell, 1999), P.560 See also

Writing.Com: Writers, Writing, Poetry, Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Poetry Contests, Writing Contests Resources for Writing Fiction 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

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8th Grade Test From 1912 Shows How Far American Education Has Been Dumbed Down; Can You Take It? By Kristan T. Harris A Kentucky 8th grade exam from 1912 was donated to the Bullitt County history museum. The questions feature the fundamental foundation of education that we seem to have lost due to the dumbing down of the American education system. Now with the common core epidemic we can see our youth transformed by a cookie cut education system and a near total loss of critical and independent thinking. If you can not read the fine print or zoom in, then here are some examples of 8th grade level testing in 1912. Define the following terms of government: Democracy, Limited Monarchy, Absolute Monarchy, Republic. To what four governments are students in school subjected? Name 5 county officers and the principal duties of each. Give 3 duties of the president. Give at least 5 rules to be observed in maintaining good health? Define Cerebrum; Cerebellum Name the organs of circulation. How many parts of speech are there? Stumped? Kristan T. Editor's Note - Here are some consolation resources: