Writers’ Panic | LRB blog

 

So is there a geek out there to make a new app for very slow people like me that actually prevents you from writing (forcing on you kittens, Twitter, solitaire, online shopping, hypnotic daydream brain-altering beats, lunch, sex, the Mail online) until you absolutely have to? Not starting isn’t the end. At least, not necessarily.

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Taming Sentences | NYTimes.com

Author Kitty Burns Florey writes about diagramming sentences and what we can learn from it aside from … diagramming sentences.

What Can We Learn From Diagramming Sentences? – NYTimes.com.

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10 Essential Lessons You’ll Learn in a Creative Writing Workshop | Creative Writing | Writing Forward

Undecided about taking a creative writing workshop? Writing Forward lists 10 things you’ll learn from a workshop to help you decide.

The main difference between a regular class and a workshop is that a workshop is interactive. You work together with your fellow students, critiquing each other’s work, asking questions, and exchanging insights. Whatever you can learn from a single instructor is infinitely multiplied by all the knowledge and wisdom that you gain by sharing ideas with your peers.

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Pencils, Pens and Writing from the Heart: The Beauty of Low-tech Blogging | Cat’s Eye Writer Blog | Judy Dunn | Blogger | Writer

Don’t forget old-school, pen-and-paper writing. Research shows writing by hand helps stimulate the brain. Judy Dunn shares simple, fun ideas on how writing by hand can make you “a more creative, interesting blogger.”

The research shows, and I have discovered it myself, that writing by hand engages the brain. The hand has a unique connection to the brain when we are generating and expressing ideas. Writing with a pen forces us to execute sequential strokes, while typing on a keyboard just requires selecting a whole letter by striking a key. And pictures of the brain have shown that sequential finger movements activated the region for thinking, language, creativity and memory.

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7 Ways Journalists Can Make Better Ethical Decisions When Using Facebook | Poynter.

Can your Facebook friendships affect your integrity? For journalists using Facebook as a reporting tool, Poynter offers seven ways to determine “what is and what isn’t appropriate.”

The lesson for all of us is that nothing is private on the Web, and journalists are now subject to the same level of scrutiny as the people they report on.

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