Beautiful Illustrated Plotting Of Fiction Genres The world of fiction is one that is only limited by your own imagination. There are endless possibilities for stories to head in one direction or another, but this excellent poster from Pop Chart Labs investigates the links between myriad genres and the famous books that define them. It's entitled A Plotting Of Fiction Genres, it's available to buy as an 18" x 24" poster for $29 (£18.80) From soft-boiled mystery to quantum highbrow, take a look at the image below and browse your way round the fascinating world of literary fiction. (Image: Pop Chart Lab)
People who skim online articles are just as cultured as book snobs There’s no way around it, the headlines are disturbing. And they come, not from tabloids or click-bait blogs, but from papers published in scientific journals. They describe fish and birds responding with altered behavior and reproductive systems to antidepressants, diabetes medication, and other psychoactive or hormonally active drugs at concentrations found in the environment. Exactly how many drugs are in use and how many may be detectable in the environment is difficult to pinpoint. Regulatory and health authorities, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the FDA and the World Health Organization, note that levels of individual pharmaceutical compounds being measured environmentally—typically in water—have not been shown to harm human health. Where are these compounds coming from? Prescribing trouble About 90% of pharmaceuticals found in the environment arrive there after being excreted. Sophisticated testing How big of a problem? What can we do? Just beginning
Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing. 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer's block. Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. 2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next. There is a difference between stopping and foundering. 5: Don't describe an emotion--make it.
Discussion Questions | Marissa Meyer I hope that book clubs and classes discussing my books will find the below questions and exercises both helpful and inspirational. Thank you so much to all the readers who helped me compile these! Please note, these questions are filled with spoilers! Discussion Questions for CINDER 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Writing Exercises for CINDER 1. 2. 3. Visual Arts Exercises for CINDER 1. 2. raw or paint a portrait of Cinder with her cyborg parts, either in her mechanic’s garb, or at the ball. 3. Discussion Questions for SCARLET 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Read Less. Learn More. - Todoist Blog What would you say if I told you that reading one book can be more valuable than reading fifty? That re-reading something familiar is more valuable than reading something new? What would you say if I told you that you could learn more by reading less? With 1,500 – 2,000 TV shows aired, 600,000 – 1 million books published, 1 billion active websites & approximately 200 billion tweets posted every year, we live in a world packed with information. In our pockets, a thumb-press away, we carry libraries so vast that even imagining them would be an impossibility. On his website What If? Even more impossible than imagining its size is the notion that we should somehow be able to keep current with reading these oceans of information. It’s a habit that technology companies are certainly aware of: Information is coming at us from all directions at all times. Without even picking up a book, we are continually overloaded with information on a daily basis. 2015 was my year of brain gluttony.
stephen-kings-top-20-rules-for-writers Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. This is excellent advice. Revision in the second draft, “one of them, anyway,” may “necessitate some big changes” says King in his 2000 memoir slash writing guide On Writing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. See a fuller exposition of King’s writing wisdom at Barnes & Noble’s blog. Related Content: Stephen King Creates a List of 96 Books for Aspiring Writers to Read Stephen King Writes A Letter to His 16-Year-Old Self: “Stay Away from Recreational Drugs” Ray Bradbury Offers 12 Essential Writing Tips and Explains Why Literature Saves Civilization Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story
Books | The Austen Project Buy From These Stores Purchase hardback from: Purchase e-book from: International Purchase Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to the Austen classic, Emma. Prepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorbike to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end watching as Mr. At the helm of her own dinner parties, and often found either rearranging the furniture at the family home of Hartfield, or instructing her new protégée, Harriet Smith, Emma is in charge. But for someone who knows everything, Emma doesn’t know her own heart. Ever alive to the social comedy of village life, beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma is the busybody we all know and love, and a true modern delight.
7 Speed Reading Tricks by a Former Book-Hater I was never a big fan of reading… I blame it on the education system, of course. (Well, it can’t be my fault, can it?) You see, it’s difficult to enjoy reading when every book your teacher throws at you is of no interest to you whatsoever. So I hated it. It was a chore, not a pleasure. Then I finished school and went my own path. It is obvious that there are only so many hours in a day, so if I want to be able to read more I have to learn to read faster. 1. This is the thing that really slows us down. 2. The idea is simple. 3. This may sound obvious but it’s worth mentioning here. 4. Here’s what you do: start reading each line on the third word, and end each line on the third word from the end. As an example consider such a line of text: “Marry had a little lamb but she ate it for supper.” The words in bold indicate the focus points. 5. The easiest way of doing this is to read from a bigger distance (like 2ft). 6. This is a very common problem. 7. That’s it for this list.
The power of a good book | Teacher | ACER It doesn’t matter what age you are, there’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book. But, did you know that reading for enjoyment is also associated with higher academic achievement? A recent large scale study concluded reading for pleasure has ‘a powerful influence on children’s learning’, particularly in developing vocabulary, but also on spelling and maths skills. ‘Reading for pleasure made a substantial difference [on intellectual progress] – the difference made was around four times greater than the difference made by having a parent with a degree’ (Sullivan, 2014). Analysis of PISA results has shown a ‘crucial difference’ between youngsters who perform well in the reading assessment and those who perform poorly is not how much time they spend reading, but whether they read daily for enjoyment. ‘On average, students who read daily for enjoyment score the equivalent of one-and-a-half years of schooling better than those who do not,’ (OECD, 2011). References OECD (2011).
Speed Reading Techniques: How to Read 1000 Words per Minute ”One trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize a book is boring, you’ve already finished it.” – Franklin P. Jones We all spend hours reading each week. However sometimes it is hard to keep up with this activity because of other responsibilities and activities. What if you could cut down your reading time without compromising the quality or quantity of your reading? Or if you could memorize more of the things you read in a better way? According to research, the average reading speed for the general population is around 120 words per minute (wpm), and that is while taking into account their ability to comprehend the text. With the help of speed reading, you can read seven or eight times quicker than the fastest readers. Myths about Reading There are some myths and misconceptions regarding reading in general which cause people to refrain from practicing speed reading. Reading Quickly Hampers Retention: The reality is quite the opposite of this perception.
Anne Frank: 10 beautiful quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl | Children's books The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is “keep the memory alive”, and today we want to remember Annelies Marie Frank, better known as Anne Frank, who started her diary Diary of a Young Girl at the age of just 13, while hiding from the German occupation of Amsterdam during the second world war. Anne wrote her diary in hiding in a secret annex of an old warehouse for the next two years. The diary stops abruptly in August 1944, when her family are betrayed and eventually sent to Auschwitz death camp. Only Anne’s father Otto survived and published his daughter’s Anne’s diary in 1947. Even if you haven’t read the diary, you will probably have heard of Anne Frank, seen one of the many film adaptations of Diary of a Young Girl, or even visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam. But we still think that the best way to experience Diary of a Young Girl is to read it yourself. Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. We aren’t allowed to have any opinions.
It’s Okay to “Forget” What You Read – The Polymath Project – Medium I write a lot about reading, and one of the most common questions I get is “What’s the point of reading if I just forget it all anyway?” Paul Graham, essayist and founder of startup incubator Y Combinator, asks much the same question in his essay How You Know: “I’ve read Villehardouin’s chronicle of the Fourth Crusade at least two times, maybe three. Many of us feel this near-existential fear that we might “lose” what wisdom we extract from the books we read. Such fears are unfounded. First of all, if you love books, memory is never a problem. But many of us read books for reasons other than pleasure. There is much written on retaining what you read (note it, connect it, summarize it, teach it, yawn…), but Paul Graham, I think, has something new and interesting to say. Let’s take a look. Forgetting Is Not Forgetting Reflecting on the forgotten pages of Villehardouin’s Chronicles of the Crusades, Graham comes to a realization. “Reading and experience train your model of the world. I. II.