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John Lemke

With All Due Respect - 0 views

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    An interesting read as to why we phrase it as "with all due respect" and not another way.
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Which and That to Introduce Clauses - 0 views

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    This topic seems to confuse many.  It is a crowd which I am a member of.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » How to Keep Writing? Break It Down. - 0 views

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    A published author shares their method to daily writing.  
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How Many Tenses in English? - 0 views

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    Linguistically there are only two but...
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Kn- Words in English - 0 views

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    Some "Kn" words you know and, most likely, a few new ones for your vocabulary.
John Lemke

Avoid Loser Writing Clients With This Quickie Checklist - 0 views

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    I made it a pledge to start be serious about my freelance work in January.  This list could have saved me a few courses at the school of hard knocks.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » Imagining Beyond One's Own Experience, or What the Fiction W... - 0 views

  • Imagining is the job of the fiction writer. This is what we do, every time we sit down in front of a blank page. It seems as if we’re working with no more than a keyboard or pen and paper, but that’s not true. We have at our disposal every person we’ve ever known, every experience we’ve ever had, seen, heard and felt. Our ingredients are the people who have ignored us and caused us to search our brains for reasons why, people whom we’ve admired, both intimately and from a distance, and people whom we’ve tried to emulate. People who love us despite our faults; people we can’t stand despite our efforts to be better people ourselves.
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    A great read on putting the writer in another's shoes. If you desire to do fiction, it is certainly worth the time to read.
John Lemke

9 Things I Did To Become A Full-Time Writer - 0 views

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    A great list!  9 great tips for any aspiring author.
John Lemke

Why Failure IS an Option for Writers | Positive Writer - 0 views

  • Stop making failure a negative thing and start writing. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and start creating. And if you do mess up, do your best to learn from it. Trust me, you’ll be much better off.
  • What if your first book was sold to a publisher quickly, but then each of your next 5 books were turned down? That exact scenario happened to none other than, Danielle Steel, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time.
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    Very true for writers but also applies to life in general.  "Nothing beats a failure except a try" is one of my favorite sayings.
John Lemke

The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each One) - 0 views

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    A nice how-to with lots of examples.
John Lemke

The Great Content Checklist: Tips, Tools, and Examples - 0 views

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    This article makes some good points and has lots of great examples.
John Lemke

Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter - 0 views

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    Advice from Pilar Alessandra. She is a popular script consultant for Hollywood.
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Gonna, Gotta, Wanna - 0 views

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    Hopefully, you're gonna get this article's point.
John Lemke

The Secret to Writing Well Isn't What You'd Expect, Says Study - 0 views

  • While visualizing your story may seem like the right way to approach writing, it turns out that for full-time writers, the brain performs a bit differently. When Dr. Lotze watched writers from a competitive creative writing program perform the same tests, he found that experienced writers, while brainstorming, used parts of their brains associated with speech instead of vision.
  • Novice writers, Lotze suggests, are more likely to watch the story unfold like a movie inside their heads.
  • And perhaps more importantly, write often. If creative writing is a skill your brain learns over time, then like anything else, the more you practice, the better you’ll get.
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    The important part of the finding is that writing is a skill that one can master over time.  While I agree with Stephen King in the sense that great writers can not be created, I also agree that anyone can become a decent writer.
John Lemke

Overloading While - 0 views

  • The conjunction while, for example, tends to pop up in contexts in which a different conjunction may be the better choice.
  • temporal conjunction
  • to introduce clauses that express opposition
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  • to introduce a clause that provides a contrast
  • If contrast is intended, the conjunction whereas would make the meaning clearer.
  • “adversative” conjunctions
  • temporal conjunctions
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    Do you over use "while"?  If you better understand the many uses of the word, it is easier to find a substitute.
John Lemke

Cynics and Cynosures - 0 views

  • cynic comes from a Greek word meaning “dog-like, currish, churlish.”
  • The word cynosure comes from a Greek word meaning “dog’s tail.” This was the name given by the Greeks to the northern constellation Ursa Minor, the “Small Bear” in whose tail is the Pole-star, also known as the North Star. Because the North Star is bright and a means of finding the direction of north, the word cynosure acquired the figurative meaning of “something that is bright and serves as a guide.”
  • In modern usage, a cynic is a person disposed to find fault with everything and to rant about it to everyone. A cynic trusts no one’s sincerity or good intentions. The adjective is cynical; the noun is cynicism.
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  • Unlike cynic, the word cynosure has positive connotations. A cynosure is someone or something that serves for guidance or direction, a “guiding star.
John Lemke

Gerunds - 0 views

  • A gerund is an -ing verb form used as a noun.
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    No it is not some type of flower but a noun that ends in "ing". 
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How to Become a Writer - 0 views

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    A nice collection of pictures and sayings to keep you motivated as a writer.
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