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Weiye Loh

Scientists find secret to writing a best-selling novel - Telegraph - 0 views

  • They found several trends that were often found in successful books, including heavy use of conjunctions such as “and” and “but” and large numbers of nouns and adjectives.

    Less successful work tended to include more verbs and adverbs and relied on words that explicitly describe actions and emotions such as “wanted”, “took” or “promised”, while more successful books favoured verbs that describe thought processes such as “recognised” or “remembered”.

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    "Scientists find secret to writing a best-selling novel
    Computer scientists have developed an algorithm which can predict with 84 per cent accuracy whether a book will be a commercial success - and the secret is to avoid cliches and excessive use of verbs"
Weiye Loh

BBC News - Belle de Jour's history of anonymity - 0 views

  • In the internet age, we have become increasingly concerned about the effects of anonymous online commentary. Anonymous bloggers can have enormous global audiences. "Trolls" can bring criticism straight to the computer screens of the people they disagree with. These trends are solidly in the tradition of literary anonymity - from unsigned political tracts to biting satirical graffiti, we've seen it all before.
  • the effects of anonymity are more important for the anonymous writer than they are for the audience. We'd still be dotty over Jane Austen's books if, like her contemporary audience, we never knew her name.

    The writing has enough authority and detail to carry us along in her inner world. Knowing her name, where she lived, and seeing the piecrust table where she painstakingly wrote out her manuscripts is interesting, but it's trivia. It's not what makes her novels sing.

  • Anonymous is one of our greatest writers.

    "From the medieval period to the modern period there have been authors who have enjoyed playing with and experimenting with anonymity, and it never really goes out of fashion," says Marcy North, author of The Anonymous Renaissance: Cultures of Discretion in Tudor-Stuart England.

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    "Anon was, as Virginia Woolf noted in one of her final unpublished essays, "the voice that broke the silence of the forest". Elsewhere she suggested that "Anonymous was a woman". For anonymity has definitely been widely used by women throughout the ages, whether they're writing about relationships, sex or anything else.

    Without Anonymous, there are so many classics we would not have had - Gawain and the Green Knight, virtually all of the Bible and other religious texts.

    Anon is allowed a greater creative freedom than a named writer is, greater political influence than a common man can ever attain, and far more longevity than we would guess.

    Obviously, I'm a great fan of Anon's work, but then, as a formerly anonymous author, I would say that, wouldn't I?"
annald

Ambiant Intelligence Free Online course - 1 views

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    I haven't been through this yet, but there are clear connection with Rainbows End, and it sounds interesting.
Derrick Clements

Writing about Literature in the Digital Age - 2 views

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    Our eBook is published! Here is a possible website we can use as home base.
Gideon Burton

Writing About Literature in the Digital Age : Gideon Burton, Alymarie Rutter, Amy Whita... - 1 views

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    The link to where we can download our eBook: Writing about LIterature in the Digital Age
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    This page archives and makes the many formats available for Writing About Literature in the Digital Age
Gideon Burton

BookGlutton - Social Reading - 1 views

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    More ways to join others online with the reading experience.
Bri Zabriskie

Search - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    research on the web that I found THRU my library research. 
Bri Zabriskie

Determined « Bri Colorful - 1 views

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    Since blogger is struggling a wee bit today, I thought I'd do my post for this class over here at my regular blog. I put quite a bit of work into this post so check it out. :) 
Ashley Nelson

Back to the Classics 2011 - 0 views

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    While researching blogs on James Joyce I ran across this challenge. To help our reading habits and turning back to the classics. I thought it was a great idea. By joining it makes one more accountable to what one reads.
Ashley Nelson

Literature Forums - 2 views

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    I found this forum site that has all sorts of forums for literature. I found some James Joyce. There might be others so check it out. You have to be a member to create your own forum or comment I believe.
Andrea Ostler

Toni Morrison speaks at Rutgers University Commencement Ceremony - 2 views

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    The word is that "Snooki" from the crappy tv show "Jersey Shore" got paid more money to speak at Rutgers than the nobel prize winner Toni Morrison did for the university's commencement. This angers me, I'm not gonna lie
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    yeah...that's kind of disturbing...
Ashley Nelson

Blogger, James Joyce - 0 views

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    This is another link from the same man's site, but this link is for the blog he did on one of James Joyce's stories. He actually invites his readers to participate in reading Irish literature for the week and then blog about it. He says that he would then make a master copy of all the blogs. Just thought it was interesting.
Ashley Nelson

Blogger! - 0 views

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    So I was searching for some blogs about James Joyce and I came across this man's blog, Mel. Talk about being a prolific reader and writer. He reads short stories all the time and posts about each one. I think it is interesting that he started his blog not really think many would read it and now he has almost 500 followers.
Andrea Ostler

Why eBooks Matter - 1 views

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    An interesting blog I found that talks about the changing times and the importance of technology in learning
Carlie Wallentine

Free eBooks - 1 views

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    I love how everything connects now! Today we had the discussion on eBooks. I didn't even really know what they were, and then I find a site about free eBooks and I get all excited because I know what they are now!
Carlie Wallentine

100 Best Opening Lines of Literature - 5 views

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    Thanks for sharing this, this was cool
Ashley Nelson

Discussion: Should Young Writers be Published? - 1 views

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    I found this interesting discussion about young writers and if they should be published or not. It kind of goes along with Fanfiction and the writers that are on there.
Ashley Nelson

YouTube - John Huston's The Dead - Finale - 1 views

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    A little video from the very last scene of The Dead.
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    I am not sure if anyone has read The Dead. I have several times and I had no idea that there was a video until Dr Burton mentioned it to me. I found this on youtube and couldn't help but marvel how different this last scene was watching it instead of reading it.
Ashley Nelson

Dubliners, by James Joyce | Diigo - 0 views

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    A digital copy of the book I am reading!
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    I guess I can read this in the digital format too (if I wanted)
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