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Grammar Shorts: Make Your Writing Better Using These 3 Suggestions

Want to make your next work better.. read on

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“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
~Dorothy Parker~


By Jayne Bodell

09/01/2017

When you use unnecessary words in your prose, you’re committing verbosity. At this point, I’m required to inform you of your writer’s rights. You have the right to remain silent. Any words you use can be used against you in the forum of Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or other forms of social media. If you choose to use these words, then you may have to pay for an editor. If you cannot afford an editor, one may be appointed to you.

Please don’t let the grammar police seize control of your computer. Try these suggestions. You’ll clean up your writing and never…

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Paris : A Delectable Culinary Journey

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Image may contain: night, sky and outdoor The iconic Eiffel Tower in all its glory post sunset (Image Credit : Dipayan Ghosh)

Paris is often regarded as the world capital of fashion, architecture, music , food and the art of people-watching. Once you decide to look beyond the awe-inspiring enigmaof the famed Eiffel Tower and explore the alleys, corners and backstreetsof this French city, you would be able to see the ethereal beauty that Paris has on offer. Thus would begin a never-ending love affair with a city that is immersed in captivating elegance and enchanting grace!

Image may contain: 4 people Every corner of Paris resonates with musical notes (Image Credit : Dipayan Ghosh)

Paris has gorgeous weather all year through, and is a city where it is not uncommon to see stylishChanel-clad ladies in their Jimmy Choo high-heels , walk their well-bred poodles along the grand boulevards. Wherebeautiful people can hold your attention for hours as…

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Living a Golden Era? Are you a Serious Writer?

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By Peter B. Giblett

It is curious how many of us look back to yesteryear as some golden era, a time when things were perfect. For many writers of the current day, this may harken back to Paris of the 1920s when great writers like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were at home in the city’s Montparnasse district, spending time on the Left Bank – home of the great artistic people of that era. They were also friends of renowned artists, like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. Just mentioning those names stirs such great possibilities, it is possible to see the conversations between reputed friends and rivals.

Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Leigh Bracket, Arthur C, Clarke, Bertram Chandler and others were at home creating Science Fiction’s golden age during the 1940s being active in that genre during a time of change, maturing in their craft. It was…

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Don’t Freak Out! How to Remain Calm in the Face of Word Count Requirements

Tackle your word count blues with these useful tips.

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By: Lisa Edwards

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Do word count requirements stress you out? I don’t know about you, but when I sit down to write something, I don’t like to think about how long it has to be, or in some cases, how short it needs to be. I prefer to write my first draft without thinking about word count at all. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes (okay, most of the time), writers have to play by the rules.

And that means you can’t go over the word count limit, or under the minimum.

I’ve learned through experience that if I don’t spend some time preparing and outlining my piece before I begin, I’ll have to do that much more editing after the fact to meet the word count requirements. Personally, I’d rather spend more time writing, but planning how to get your message across within the given word…

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Poetry Break: Sonnet V

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Editor’s Note:

I just thought I’d share a quick anecdote about how we came to call our poetic posts a Poetry Break. My wife is a very smart but shy woman. And, she’ll kill me, but she’s a far better writer than I’ll ever be. She has a couple of published posts here, just search them out. When we were dating, despite her shy demeanor, she would often send me emails or texts with poems in them. When she did, she would title them – Poetry Break! It made poetry feel like it’s supposed to feel, like a beautiful distraction from the hustle and bustle 0f this crazy world. A peaceful interlude from concrete and capitalism. And now you know. 🙂

By Mark Cayou

A green eyed babe, too precious for this world,

Born unto Heaven, needed by the Lord.

Let trumpets resound, banners be unfurled!

Moments with her mama…

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The Non-Fiction Contract

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A Note from the Editor:

I’m happy to publish this post today from a friend of the site, Peter Giblett, who won’t brag on himself but was instrumental in the creation of this blog early on. Welcome back Peter, we hope you’ll write more posts here in the future.

Kind regards, Scott 


By Peter Giblett

“Part of writing non-fiction means making a commitment to telling the truth.” Prof. Tilar J. Mazzeo of Colby College.

Part of the challenge for writers is the distinction between writing fictional and factual works. Fiction is written using imagined situations, but fictional stories may also spring from real events and involve real people. When writers present factual stories, told as non-fiction they must stay, wholly, in the realm of reality. There is a fine line between the two, explored here.

The Non-Fiction Contract

This is a basic agreement between the writer and the reader that…

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Daily Engagement: What is this?

Daily Engagement is a new, brief, daily feature on Flavorwire. It’s aimed at helping people feel somewhat less helpless and hopeless (or at least in control of their helplessness and hopelessness) in the midst of a political news cycle that’s been doling out daily affronts to human decency. Every day, we’ll post one easy thing that people can…

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Another site on the way down?

Last few years have seen some high and some not so high profile sites like Bubblews, Zurker, Beermoneynation.com going down.
Now, since last few days, Mykites.net is inaccessible. This site was gaining good popularity by End-2015, a time when Bubblews had shut, and Wikinut had stopped paying.
However, I have seen lesser people using this site, and lower audience.
Now, whether the site is facing a temporary issue, or it has shut down is a big question, and so far I have got no information.
But if the doubts come true, it will be a big setback.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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demrits of today’s schooling

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​Guys today I will be talking about the current schooling system and its demerits.
I will compare my view of a perfect school and the current schooling system.
1. Surrounding-

The surroundings around the school plays an essential role to generate interest of the students to study .

According to me the school should be amidst lush greenery to generate positive vibes where after the school the students can enjoy the nature.

But, today, the schools are just for commercial purposes and are built wherever there is space. There are schools around the bars. Can’t imagine what would be the students doing after the school.
2. Climate

The climate plays an essential part for students in studying.
According to me, the schools should grant holidays according to summer and winter and not religious festivals.

Literally I have seen students shivering in cold and flowing dear during winters and summers respectively.

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