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Wordcount · Tracking the Way We Use Language

Wordcount · Tracking the Way We Use Language

Welcome - Ommwriter Salad Fingers The Word Detective Taking A Chunk Out Of Vocabulary: Using Collocations - EFL Magazine Teaching vocabulary in the ESL/EFL classroom can sometimes excite or it can sometimes frustrate teachers. In the scope of vocabulary learning, are there ways to help our students acquire language efficiently and guide them toward the useful real-world language that we native-English speakers use so effortlessly? Let’s take a closer look. What is collocation? In English, there are words that co-occur frequently, for example, a ripe banana, a cute puppy, and a long road. Collocations are wonderful chunks of language that native speakers of English use naturally and frequently. Why are collocations important in language learning? Collocations are extremely useful for the language learner to be aware of and begin using when developing their second language. Types of collocations There are four types of collocations: Type 1: De-lexicalized verbs Type 2: Nouns Nouns are also important because they are usually the words that carry the most meaning within a sentence. Type 4: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

English 50 Exercises for Story Writers English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers Basic Theory: What is a short story? Short stories have a narrator; that is, someone tells the story; have at least one character in them; have some action occur (or perhaps fails to occur); take place somewhere; that is, there is a setting for the action; and someone either learns something or fails to learn something (theme).With these five characteristics in mind, we can create an almost endless supply of exercises to help sharpen our techniques of story telling. Narrative Voice Twenty or so years ago, voice was the "rite of passage" into a successful writing career. Nevertheless, a narrative voice that sounds like it could be anyone's voice or is bland and boring, or riddled with pointless clichés will fail to capture and hold the reader's attention. NOTE: It is quite common for writers in the early stages of their careers to imitate the writers they are reading or admire most. The T.S. Go back to the previous page?

WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms Writing Challenge Generator Challenges The story must involve a crown in it. During the story, a character finds out a dark secret. During the story, there is a fight. A character becomes furious during the story. The story ends during a jailbreak. The story must have a rabbit at the beginning. A character will send a package. During the story, a relative shows up. A character steals something, and the action has far better results than expected. The story must have a navigator in it. During the story, a famous person goes missing.

Writing Exercises and Prompts for Journaling, Prose, Poetry and Memoirs These Writing Exercises are a collection of prompts originally published in The Journal Newsletter. The prompts include journaling prompts, prose prompts, poetry prompts, free writing prompts, and memoir prompts. Jump to the exercises you would like to see: Prompts Copyright © by Susan Michael and David Michael. Journaling Prompts Journaling Prompt - Imagine yourself in a place you like to be (not necessarily someplace you like to *go*). Journaling Prompt - Pretend that you see yourself walking into a room. Journaling Prompt - Create a list of images that symbolize the following: toughness, cruelty toughness, strength Journaling Prompt - Close your eyes for a minute and imagine you are skydiving. Journaling Prompt - Sit yourself in a favorite spot, or imagine an ideal place and describe it as an expanding bubble or sphere. Journaling Prompt - Hold your hands out in front of you, palms down. Journaling Prompt - By what do you measure your value as a person? Free Writing Prompts Poetry Prompts

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Mark Twain once said, “Show, don’t tell.” Finding a really good muse these days isn’t easy, so plan on going through quite a few before landing on a winner. There are two things more difficult than writing. It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer.

Best Creative Writing Exercises (PHOTOS) Writers block, oh, writers block ...please go away! Even though it's the bane of all writers' existence, there are a bevy of ways to bypass the darn thing. From writing prompts to writing exercises, there are thousands of ways to get the creative juices flowing. Here are just a few of our favorites. Trust us, they work! Loading Slideshow 7x7x7x7Grab the 7th book from your bookshelf. Best Creative Writing Exercises 1 of 10 Hide Thumbnails Writing Challenges Ice, Water, Steam For this week’s writing challenge, take on the theme of H2O. What does it mean to be the same thing, in different forms? Hindsight is 20-20 What if you had the power to rewrite history? You do. Countdown ‘Tis the season for suspense-building lists. Digging for Roots In this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, tell us about what makes you, you. Overheard This week’s writing challenge revolves around my favorite inspiration: eavesdropping. Pie Food evokes all the senses: the scent of pastry baking, the sound of a fork clinking on a plate… This week, make our mouths water with stories about pie. Oh, The Irony This week’s challenge explores one of the oldest — and trickiest — literary devices. Find a Muse in the Masters Write a new piece using Nighthawks by Edward Hopper as your inspiration. The Butterfly Effect The idea that everything is connected becomes most interesting when applied to ourselves. Genre Blender The Unreliable Narrator Interview

Writing template – I am You should write a poem by describing yourself. Start your sentences by using I am. You could either use the template below or come up with your own ideas. We will do this in class. Writing template – I Am I am sharp and focused (two special characteristics) I wonder what the camera really sees (something you are actually curious about) I hear the buzzing bee (an imaginary sound) I see flowers in early morning light (an imaginary sight) I want to stop time in a box (an actual desire) I am sharp and focused (the first line of the poem restated) I pretend to be a statue (something you pretend to do) I feel the shakes inside (a feeling about something imaginary) I touch the shutter button (an imaginary touch) I worry about the blurry result (something that really bothers you) I cry that the moment has forever passed (something that makes you very sad) I am sharp and focused (the first line of the poem repeated)