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A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer

A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer
There’s no such word as moreso.Mucus is a noun; mucous is an adjective.Nerve-racking, not -wracking; racked with guilt, not wracked with guilt.One buys a newspaper at a newsstand, not a newstand. An ordinance is a law; ordnance is ammo.Palette has to do with color; palate has to do with taste; a pallet is, among other things, something you sleep on. Eugene Pallette was a character actor; he’s particularly good in the 1943 film Heaven Can Wait.Nounwise, a premier is a diplomat; a premiere is something one attends. “Premier” is also, of course, an adjective denoting quality.That which the English call paraffin (as in “paraffin stove”), we Americans call kerosene. Please don’t mix somewhat and something into one murky modifier. This piece originally appeared on Biographile.

Ambiguous Sentences I came across this headline in the Wall Street Journal: Republicans Grill IRS Chief Over Lost Emails This type of sentence has great possibilities because of its two different interpretations: Republicans harshly question the chief about the emailsRepublicans cook the chief using email as the fuel It’s a perfect tool to: demonstrate careful reading, showcase the need for editing, and encourage creativity and divergent thinking. Even More Meanings The ambiguous headline took me back to my college days, when a professor shared this sentence: I saw a man on a hill with a telescope. It seems like a simple statement, until you begin to unpack the many alternate meanings: There’s a man on a hill, and I’m watching him with my telescope. See how many meanings your students can catch! More Examples Here are some other ambiguous sentences (more at this wikipedia page): We saw her duck. He fed her cat food. Look at the dog with one eye. Include A Classic Challenging Parts of Speech Create Your Own

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling--Visualized Note: This article is included in our year-end storytelling advice round-up. A while back, now-former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a series of pearls of narrative wisdom she had gleaned from working at the studio. This list of 22 rules of storytelling was widely embraced as it was applicable to any writer or anyone who was in the business of communicating (which is pretty much everyone, including software developers). And much of its advice (e.g. Last week, Dino Ignacio, a UX Director at a subsidiary of Electronic Arts, created a series of image macros of the 22 rules, posting them to Imgur. Have a look through more of them in the slides above.

La melancolía en la literatura Seguramente la melancolía es uno de los sentimientos más presente en la literatura, hija de la nostalgia, prima de las pérdidas y hermana de la tristeza. La melancolía es un sentimiento difuso que no llega a ser dolor, ni tampoco alegría, es un híbrido entre el llanto y la risa y la protagonista en millones de relatos, poemas y novelas. En este artículo la buscaremos en algunos autores, intentaremos acercarnos a ella a través de obras que han marcado la historia de la literatura universal. Melancolía, tele y literatura Hace unos días me preguntaba por qué razón en la tele pasan tantas series de época: “Toledo”, “Águila Roja”, “Hispania”, “etc”. La respuesta es el éxito, porque todo lo que perdura más de una temporada en la televisión le debe su permanencia a este factor. Sin embargo, cabe preguntarse ¿por qué tienen tanto éxito, incluso más que otras series ambientadas en nuestros días? La melancolía es parte de nuestra historia y por ende no podía faltar en la literatura.

Vintage and Modern Free Public Domain Images Archive Download - Public Domain Images | Free Stock Photos Newspaper Blackout Poetry - Visual News Sometimes in life you can only grasp the true beauty of things when you read between the lines. That is exactly what Austin Kleon has been doing to old newspapers. Using a black marker, he takes away the words he doesn’t need, creating new poetic verses. See Also WORD ANIMALS: CREATURES MADE OF TYPOGRAPHY Above image by leahmackin and below image by Austin Kleon Image by Austin Kleon @fleurterhorst Noah Lewis missxx salix lucida

jay mantri Teorías | Comunicación y Artes Creativas Otros aspectos. Meyerhold y la biomecánica. Vsiévolod Cemílievich Meyerhold (1874-1940), innovador director teatral ruso de las décadas de 1920 y 1930, cuyo trabajo inspiró a muchos artistas y directores de cine de su época. Nació en Penza, Rusia. A partir de 1932, cuando el régimen estalinista insistió en implantar un programa basado en las ideas artísticas del realismo socialista, con el cual dio fin a toda forma de innovación vanguardista Meyerhold se vió incapaz de adaptarse a las nuevas directrices y fue continuamente atacado. A principios del siglo XX, mientras era miembro del Teatro del Arte de Moscú de Konstantín Stanislavski, Meyerhold se rebeló contra las técnicas de teatro realista y de vivencia y reproducción de las emociones sobre el escenario que defendía Stanislavski. Ya durante la Revolución Rusa, en 1917, Meyerhold era considerado el director de vanguardia más importante de su país. Video de actores ensayando los ejercicios biomecánicos de Meyerhold

11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations Presentations often receive a bad rap—for good reason. We’ve all sat through those long-winded speeches and hot mess PowerPoints, which completely undermine the point of visual presentations. So, what differentiates a good presentation from a poor one? Content and design. 1) Skip the Stock Template Using the slide themes included in your software is presentation death. 2) Don’t Use More than 6 Lines of Text Packing too much information into a slide will completely undermine its purpose. 3) Ditch the Bullet Points Too many presentations are bullet point crazy. 4) Use Sans Serif Fonts With typography, go for legibility over fun. 5) Size Fonts Appropriately Chances are you’re designing your presentation on a laptop—and that’s a much different size than the final presentation screen. 6) Maintain a Strong Contrast Between Text and Background In order for your message to pop, you need a high level of contrast between your text and the background. 7) Use No More than 5 Colors 9) Use Single Images

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