Sometimes it serves as a giant wake-up call !
Not celebrating the holidays here in the U.S. ? No worries. How about some writing exercises to challenge you beginning with, “Your Favorite Clothing”. You can e-mail your work to me or not. Up to you. This is a fun exercise, not drudgery, so have some fun.
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Here is an interesting video featuring Broadway performers from Russell Simmon’s “Def Poetry Jam” showing how writing poetry can be hot and cool.
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian author of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She was born 18 November 1939.
She is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000.
Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages and many of her books have also been adapted for television and film, most notably The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace. HBO is currently adapting her Maddaddam Trilogy – Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam.
Her latest novel, The Testaments, was joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, alongside Bernardine Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other.
Here are her 10 rules for writers, which first appeared in The Guardian.
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Punctuation can get confusing for some of us business majors. Think of how an esl learner feels about it ! This infographic may help clear up some confusion.
Ever at a loss for words ? Use a sentence starter, like those below, to kick-start your thinking as to how to begin a thought.
Learning how to self-edit your writing empowers you to polish your prose. Ernest Hemingway famously quipped that you should ‘write drunk and edit sober’. This might not be good advice for teetotallers (or in general). But there is a grain of truth in Hemingway’s words: you need a state of mental clarity that allows you to be methodical when editing. A professional editor who has polished many novels can turn your promising manuscript into a sleek novel. Yet if you can’t afford professional editing services at present, or want to tidy up your work before showing it to an editor, you can learn how to self-edit well. See the infographic below for top tips on editing your story:
It often pays to read what published authors have to say on the nuts and bolts of writing. Here are three additional quotes to keep in mind when editing your own writing:
1. Dr Seuss, author of much-loved children’s books, was a master of concision (packing as much meaning into as few words as possible):
‘So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.’
2. Popular novelist Jodi Picoult reminds us that it is useful to have different strategies for writing and editing. You don’t have to be meticulous when drafting, but you must be when you edit your writing:
‘You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.’
3. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s songs are full of witty wordplay and pack complex emotions into brief musical numbers. He advocates not editing as you go but separating the writing and editing stages:
‘The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you’ll do yourself a service.’
Great advice and tips from: nownovel.com