Posts Tagged ‘writing’


If the Bechdel test existed when this show was on the air, Daria would have passed with flying colors. Whether she and her best friend, Jane Lane, were waxing philosophic about being judged on their looks, or Daria and Jodie Landon (more on her later) were discussing the school dynamics at Lawndale High, plenty of the female characters spent the majority of their time not consumed with crushes on boys. Because of that, it allowed for more interesting conversation and character development, and reminded teenage girls that there is more to life than being someone’s girlfriend.

“An examination of the usage of writing implements in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries offers insight into the changing contemporary class and gender constructs and reveals the cultural significance of pens. “

Source: Early American Writing Implements: Their History and Cultural Significance

“We probably ought to declare something right away, so no one can accuse us of cheating. In nonfiction, when we talk about building characters, we’re not talking about creating them. That happens in fiction.”

14 Tips for Building Character – Nieman Storyboard.

Good reflective writing usually involves four key elements:

reporting and responding to a critical issue or experience;

relating this issue or experience to your own knowledge in this field;

reasoning about causes and effects of this issue/experience according to relevant theories or literature and/or similarities or differences with other experiences you’ve had; and

reconstructing your thinking to plan new ways to approach the issue or engage in similar experiences in the future

via QUT cite|write – Reflective writing.

Classical Argument

via Classical Argument – Writing Commons.

30 Idioms About Common Shapes.

Insight treasure trove in one paragraph here…Mind blown!

This is a powerful insight in the article and it needs to be shared:

“So, in offensively broad terms, I’d say the scientist is fairly obsessive about precision, and wants to at least identify – if not absolutely control – all variables.  They strive to be comprehensive and worry about what they’ve left out.  I think some of them live in mortal fear of being seen as superficial, especially among their colleagues, so more information is almost always a better thing.  Their vocabulary is off-putting to the uninitiated, but it can be super-precise, just the way they like it.  And after many years, I started to recognize this huge difference in cognitive style between scientists and the rest of us: they are really comfortable spreading out and labeling all of the pieces of the puzzle before they get down to figuring out what it might represent.  Most folks like to study the box to know what the picture is first!”

via The Art of Communicating Science | Psychology Today.

Purdue OWL: Paragraphs and Paragraphing.

introduction: “A paragraph is a collection of related sentences dealing with a single topic. Learning to write good paragraphs will help you as a writer stay on track during your drafting and revision stages. Good paragraphing also greatly assists your readers in following a piece of writing. You can have fantastic ideas, but if those ideas aren’t presented in an organized fashion, you will lose your readers (and fail to achieve your goals in writing).”

By Stephanie Spence (RT @saradjcanning: 10 simple reminders. Homework.


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