When I know that my students are capable of reviewing their errors independently, I no longer make corrections on their essays. I simply circle or underline the grammatical and/or spelling errors and then ask them to try to correct the errors on their own.
I started to wonder: how could I better expose my other interests and passions so that I can attract the right people and have meaningful conversations about those interests? For example, I have a completed manuscript, but I can’t put a leash on it and take it for a walk. Anyway, why would anyone want to pet a stack of paper?
Making it through a gatekeeper of a literary agent and landing a publishing contract for a print book is an aspiring writer’s Holy Grail. I think the desire to obtain this ultimate literary goal keeps many writers from embracing or at least considering eBooks and other new media.
The designers and developers at Facebook understand and acknowledge the importance of narrative. Recently, Facebook upgraded its layout to a timeline format. The timeline is a year-by-year guide to a Facebook user’s life and includes as much information as the user wants to share.
So far, my reluctant students have taught me that most college kids are resistant to “textbook speak” and method. Sure, the textbook has a lot to offer me in terms of how I can structure the class, but the textbook does little to show my students why they should care! I can only laugh.
Writers are constantly asking themselves, Is my writing good enough? and What is the point of writing this? Very rarely do we believe that we are good enough and very rarely do we believe that our writing has purpose. However, two shining moments make the effort very much worth our time and energy.
Palin’s critics were waiting for low writing scores so that they could slam her intelligence with poor writing skills as evidence. Regardless, this incident proves that public figures and leaders are judged by their writing skills. Take care to draft careful e-mails because you never know who might be reading them.
We’ve all had days when we regret having spent so much time stalking photos on Facebook and reading celebrity gossip. But I believe that distraction is necessary and that a reasonable amount of Internet time-wasting can actually help you nurture your creativity.
As someone who writes short stories, I’m kind of obsessed with the relationships that one writer’s stories have with one another, whether that relationship is deliberate, accidental, or even nonexistent. I was telling my writer friend how I struggle with the order of my own stories.
“…what you might call an inanimate totem: a thing matched to your sensibilities so exactly that you will never quite be able to get across what it means to you.” – D.H. Tracy What I love most about writing is the fact that I will never be able to exactly convey my thoughts, emotions, and…