Writers in the Storm often supply good lessons. This is a particularly cogent first-page critique that takes aim at some my worst foibles: too many metaphors, authorial intrusions, details readers don’t need, details they do need–what about you? How would you rate this first page?
My review of Anne Clermont’s Learning to Fall for all the horse lovers out there.
H. Bernard Hall, in the new Research in the Teaching of English, says we no longer need to ask why to use hip-hop in English classes; we need more models for how to use it well.
Don Massenzio has tips for book formatting to make life easier for you and for your readers. Some good questions answered here.
Louie Cronin, aka Cronin the Barbarian from Car Talk, tells us about her experiences rejecting people for the show—and why we shouldn’t be downcast! She makes rejection fun!
Writer Unboxed has been on a roll recently. Here’s a great post with some clues that you might want to skip that writing contest you just found.
I weigh in on this post from Adirondack Editing, via Chris the Story Reading Ape, on split infinitives and dangling modifiers. I ignore one and screech when I find the other. Check out which is which.
What should writers know about trademarked names or brand names? How should you handle these names in your fiction? Adirondack Editing, via Chris the Story Reading Ape, helps out!
Think you know SEO? Chris the Story Reading Ape passed along this comprehensive list from Mostly Blogging: How to be Found on Google Today, 17 Powerful Tools.Some I bet you’ve never even heard of!
Then there’s How to Write a Press Release from The Happy Self-Publisher. Instructions, templates, examples galore! Help yourself!
And what about “stupid writing rules”? Colleen Chesebro at the Fairy Whisperer proposes a list of 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other. I added one of my own. What would you add?
Do you have any to add? I’d add fear of the word “had” and terror of starting sentences with “and” or “but.”
In the November College English, Stephanie West-Puckett argues for “digital badges” as a means of encouraging participation among teachers and students as they design writing assessment practices that work toward social justice.
Jenae Cohn, writing in the December Computers and Composition, provides case studies of student digital literacy narratives to study how the “addiction trope” influences student views of their social-media use.
In the September 2016 issue of College Composition and Communication, Tony Scott argues that composition scholarship has little impact on the “neoliberal” privatization of writing instruction because it fails to “see” the disconnect between innovative scholarly ideas and the material environments in which they will be enacted.