L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

By: Amy Jones This 1956 article by renowned science-fiction writer Richard Matheson explains his thoughts about the limitless possibilities in the genre. By Richard Matheson Writer’s Digest, April 1956 Go ask his ubiquitous majesty—the man in the street. Ask him what science fiction is. Conditioned by the movies, stultified by television, he may be unable …

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Maria Popova “Setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully,” and other selections from Why I Write AP Images The question of what propels creators, especially great creators, is the subject of eternal fascination and cultural curiosity. In “Why I Write,” originally published in the New York Times Book Review on December …

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By Jeff Goins The way I see it, there are three messages creativity can communicate, and these messages are what connect us as human beings. Which is to say, without the arts—without the ability to creatively express who we are and what we care about—we lose a bit of our humanity. Most of my life, …

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Via The Guardian Made a New Year resolution to start writing that novel? Take some writing tips from Leo Tolstoy, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck and other famous authors. Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite …

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Via Language Insight Writing is an integral part of any language and may just be one of the most valuable skills humans ever developed. If you’re a linguist, writing will be integral to your work, whether you are translating a novel or writing notes to take with you to an interpreting session. Were it not …

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Via gosparkpress.com Before Print The concept of publishing began long before the invention of the printing press. It began as far back as the invention of writing. Scribes copied works all by hand. Obviously, this was a long, painstaking process, thus, books developed along with movable type. The Invention of the Printing Press The Chinese …

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Via Spark Press “You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on.”—Helen Keller from her “Open Letter to German Students”  A Short History… The first banned book in America Book burning is a long-held practice …

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Writer’s Toolbox Tips From the Masters George Orwell has earned the right to be called one of the finer writers in the English language through such novels as 1984, Animal Farm, and Down and Out in Paris and London, and essays like “Shooting an Elephant.” Orwell excoriated totalitarian governments in his work, but he was …

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By Mark Nichol Abbreviations are useful, but they can be wickedly tricky little widgets. Keep these points in mind when you truncate words and phrases: 1. a/an This entry refers not to a or an as abbreviations but to which of the two indefinite articles should precede a given abbreviation. The choice depends not on …

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