Great ideas for Lykos 50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Today, too many websites are still inaccessible. In our new book Inclusive Design Patterns, we explore how to craft flexible front-end design patterns and make future-proof and accessible interfaces without extra effort. Hardcover, 312 pages. Effective writing skills are to a writer what petrol is to a car. Of course, effective writing requires a good command of the language in which you write or want to write. Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link We collected over 50 useful and practical tools and resources that will help you to improve your writing skills. 1. Use English Punctuation Correctly6 A quick and useful crash course in English punctuation. HyperGrammar7 An extensive electronic grammar course at the University of Ottawa’s Writing Centre. Grammar Girl8 Mignon Fogarty’s quick and dirty tips for better writing. English Style Guide – Economist16 This guide is based on the style book which is given to all journalists at The Economist. 2. Dr. 3. 4. Practical tips Link 5.
Poewar - John Hewitt's Blog The Online Community for Writers Copyright & Fair Use - Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors Unfortunately, the only way to get a definitive answer on whether a particular use is a fair use is to have it resolved in federal court. Judges use four factors to resolve fair use disputes, as discussed in detail below. It’s important to understand that these factors are only guidelines that courts are free to adapt to particular situations on a case‑by‑case basis. The four factors judges consider are: the purpose and character of your usethe nature of the copyrighted workthe amount and substantiality of the portion taken, andthe effect of the use upon the potential market. The Transformative Factor: The Purpose and Character of Your Use In a 1994 case, the Supreme Court emphasized this first factor as being a primary indicator of fair use. Has the material you have taken from the original work been transformed by adding new expression or meaning? In a parody, for example, the parodist transforms the original by holding it up to ridicule. The Nature of the Copyrighted Work
Grammar, Mechanics, and Punctuation in the News « Bcomm Teacher Xchange Grammar, Mechanics, and Punctuation in the News July 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm pjglentz I admit I get pretty excited about teaching grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. I see these as primarily rhetorical issues that affect the meaning of a message and the writer’s professional image. Unfortunately, some of my students (o.k., maybe several of my students) do not always share my excitement. To spark a little interest and even some discussion on these topics, I incorporate news or current events stories on grammar, mechanics, and punctuation into my course materials. Sometimes I use an article to debate a topic (e.g., using the efficient and gender neutral but nonstandard “their” in “each employee should submit their vacation request” vs. using the standard but wordier “his or her request”). Whatever the context, I’m always pleased with my students’ engagement in the discussion. Here are some of the articles I have used or plan to use. Articles Like this: Like Loading...
Developing your writing voice - Poewar Your writing voice will be influenced by others Over the years, I have found many poets and writers I wanted to incorporate into my writing. Early on, I was a big fan of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In college, I grew to admire Ai. I have been a big fan of Charles Bukowski for years and more recently I have been reading Tony Hoagland. On the fiction side, I have moved through the influences of John Irving, Bret Easton Ellis, Anne Tyler, Walker Percy, Jim Thompson and W. to name a few. As much as these people influence my writing, however, I don’t write like any of them. Developing a writing voice takes time and effort There is no quick route to developing your own writing voice. As you keep writing, you will grow more confident in your style. Influences will become more subtle over time Once you become comfortable with your writing voice, you won’t be as susceptible to outside influences.
Writers.com: Online Creative Writing, Nonfiction, Screen Writing, Genre Classes & More WebQuest Overview | Materials | Workshop Hotlist | Workshop Outline | Additional Resources | Standards | Credits & Thanks Overview This one-hour workshop is intended to give high school students: an introduction to the issue of plagiarism, an overview of copyright laws and fair use provisions a demonstration of techniques to avoid plagiarism, focusing on paraphrasing, quoting, and citing sources. Presented here as an outline, this workshop can be expanded or contracted to meet time constraints, and student interest, concern, or grade level. Materials Needed Workshop Hotlist Bookmark the Internet sites to be accessed in advance or project this hotlist during the workshop itself. I. II. III. IV. V. VI. Workshop Outline I. Copyright Lesson Plan by Laura Kaemming This online lesson plan was designed for 8th grade students to be implemented over the course of several days. Copyright Worksheet Distribute worksheet to students as they enter. II. Project the website. III.
How to Write Like a Professional As part of your job (or your personal life), you’ll sometimes have to write more than a simple email. Chances are, you put off doing the writing for as long as possible. Writing can be incredibly hard, especially if it’s something you feel that you’re not very good at. You might have no idea where to begin. Here’s how to make it a whole lot easier – by following what the professionals do. Step #1: Understand Your PurposeWhat’s the point of your writing? Let’s say you’re working on a leaflet for a community organization. Are you trying to: Raise awareness of a particular issue? …or something else entirely? If you’re not clear what the purpose of your writing is, then find someone who can help explain it. Even on simple, personal tasks, it’s worth writing down a few words summarizing the purpose. I’m writing this email to ask for a reference.I’m writing this letter because I need a faulty product replaced. Step #2: Know Your AudienceWho is going to read this piece of writing? What? And that’s it!
Fifteen Writing Exercises Writing exercises are a great way to increase your writing skills and generate new ideas. They give you perspective and help you break free from old patterns and crutches. To grow as a writer, you need to sometimes write without the expectation of publication or worry about who will read your work. Don’t fear imperfection. That is what practice is for. Pick ten people you know and write a one-sentence description for each of them. Record five minutes of a talk radio show. Write a 500-word biography of your life. Write your obituary. Write a 300-word description of your bedroom. Write an interview with yourself, an acquaintance, a famous figure or a fictional character. Read a news site, a newspaper or a supermarket tabloid. Write a diary or a blog of a fictional character. Rewrite a passage from a book, a favorite or a least favorite, in a different style such as noir, gothic romance, pulp fiction or horror story. Pick an author you like though not necessarily your favorite.