Monday, October 27, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from October 20-24

5. "The Absurd History of English Slang" on Salon.com (Jonathon Green)

Link: http://bit.ly/1rp3Lch

For those of you who can't get enough trivia, or those who love linguistics, or those who simply do everything they can to immerse themselves in all things related to writing, this essay is a gem. Green details the chronological development of slang in the English language in a lengthy but not at all dry article that is absolutely worth your time.

What slang words do you find yourself using? Which ones drive you crazy? Which ones, for writers, would your characters use?

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4. "A Major Triumph: Author Shari Arnold's Debut Young Adult Novel Is a Winner" on Huffington Post (Emily Liebert)

Link: http://huff.to/1tskiTE

One of the easiest ways to learn about the craft of writing and the life of a writer is to read author interviews. This post reveals an author passionate about writing, reader expectations, and creativity.

What author do you wish you could interview (living or deceased)? What would you ask?

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3. "Authors Share Their Best Writing Tips with NYPL" on New York Public Library (Tracy O'Neill)

Link: http://on.nypl.org/1yCk0c8

Never underestimate the power of a reminder about some aspect of writing, even if you've already heard everything before. In this article, with its eight short video clips, well-known authors from Toni Morrison to Zadie Smith summarize the best writing advice they can give.

What's the best writing-related tip you've ever heard? When and from whom did you hear it?

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2. "Inspired: Why All Writers Need to Try Scrivener Software" on Christa Rose Avampato

Link: http://bit.ly/ZQWoUG

Looking for the best (most user-friendly, most helpful, most organized ...) writing software to help with your latest manuscript? Everyone's talking about Scrivener, and after you read this post --- written by a writing software skeptic turned believer --- you might be, as well.

Do you use Scrivener? Do you know anyone who does? What would the best writing software program offer you in your writing routine and tendencies?

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1. "Steven Pinker Identifies 10 Breakable Grammatical Rules" on Open Culture

Link: http://bit.ly/ZLQhBq

Ever felt like an idiot trying to remember whether to use "who" or "whom" in a sentence? Steven Pinker, Harvard cognitive scientist, seems to understand the hangups. He's compiled a list of ten different grammatical rules that he says can actually be broken without anyone being harmed in the process. Check the post to find out what you can stop worrying about!

Do you think you'll adopt Pinker's stance? Which grammar rules make you stumble? Or are you a stickler for grammar and think that breaking rules will degrade the English language?

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Let me know what I missed from the week, and which post or article was most helpful to you in your current project.

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