Tips For Writing University Papers

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How to Write a Book Summary

A good summary of the book is aimed directly at the reader and it is important to remember that the reader wants to know one thing - this is the book.

Best writing

Writing is not always an easy task as is sometimes thought. You must have a talent for writing and a passion for it and produce something unique and creative thing.

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samedi 4 octobre 2014

Writing Fonts - Bring Warmth Back To Your Digital Communication

Today much of what we do is digital, everything is designed to be fast and efficient. The problem is that all communication becomes very impersonal. The fine art of writing by hand more simply does not exist. Our Word documents and our emails no longer have the same charm, warmth and personality as a letter that is written by hand. Even if we had the time and inclination to write all of our correspondence to our loved ones, it is not always possible. They could be traveling or not at a fixed address.

You might have some bonus handwriting fonts you use, but do you have your own personal handwriting font? Did you know that you can convert your handwriting into a font on the internet? The process is simple. In general, you are prompted to download sample grid in which you write all the letters of the alphabet and whatever symbols you want. You can then scan and upload them and that's it. You are able to download a font of your handwriting. I can not tell you how rewarding it is to see your handwriting as a font! You can then use it to make invitations, cards, letters!

Some sites even allow you to send realistic looking handwritten to electronic mailbox letters using your own typeface. Although it is obviously better to actually write a letter this is a great second best option, especially if you only have one email address and homeless. How it works is that the receiver receives an image of an envelope in their inbox which then binds to the letter. You can choose from a selection of different papers, different pen colors and whether to have lined paper or not.

So if you are bored of digital go out and make your communication more personal, you will not regret it!

vendredi 3 octobre 2014

Ten Tips for Getting Writing Ideas

The number one question I asked when I tell someone I'm a writer, "Where do you get your ideas?" This has never been a problem for me. Actually, I am opposite problem. I have so many ideas swirling in my head it's hard to focus on one. If you're struggling to find ideas for writing, I have some advice for you.


A good place to start when looking for subjects to write is your own interests. If you are an avid gardener, you may want to write about the gardens. If you enjoy cooking, writing for the food section of the local newspaper or a gourmet magazine. If sports are your thing, you might want to interview athletes for sports magazines.


Whenever I travel to a new place, I see so many interesting sites. If you like traveling, you can plant an article in a travel magazine before your next trip. You might even get some of your expenses paid for. I also wrote about new plants, animals and scenery that I have seen in my travels.


The first thing I do every morning after pouring a cup of coffee reading the newspaper. You are bound to come up with new ideas each time you read the newspaper. Whether you enjoy reading the first page or section of arts and entertainment, you will find a topic to write about. Take an idea and put a new twist or spin on it.


My family is a great source of inspiration for my writing. If you like to write for children or parents, you get lots of great ideas while watching members of your own family. Even if you do not write parenting articles, you can write a hobby someone in your family has or write about your dog or cat for a magazine company.

PHOTOS and albums

Many times, looking at old photos is a good way to get ideas for your writing. Old memories resurface and remind you of events long forgotten. Maybe you come across a picture of your kids learn to ride a bike or a camping trip you took with your family. There is no end to the possibilities.


When you are finished with your writing for the day, you can relax and watch a little TV. I found that educational stations like Animal Planet, Food Network, the History Channel and always give me ideas for stories and articles. You will not feel so guilty watching TV if it inspires you to write.


I do not know about your dreams, but mine can be a little crazy sometimes. You should start jotting down your dreams as soon as you wake up in the morning. You may find a great plot for a story.


This always works for me. When I'm a little tired and ideas simply do not want to come, I'll take a walk or a bike ride. Exercise wakes up my brain and I start to think clearly again.


You probably learned this technique in school and used to write compositions. Brainstorming is a very effective way to get ideas for writing. Choose a topic you want to write. Then start brainstorming on this and write every word that comes to mind. For example, if your subject is dogs, you could write leashes, dog food, ball, bone, collar, Frisbee, walking, animals, friends, etc. Keep brainstorming on your topic for ten or fifteen minutes and you should have an idea for a story or article.

Listen to music

You might not be able to write while listening to music, but it is a great way to get ideas. Music often brings memories of your past and help you relax. The next time you're stuck for an idea, turn on the radio for a few minutes.

I hope some of these techniques to find ideas for writing work for you. I know they've always worked for me and I rarely ever run out of ideas for writing. Happy writing!

jeudi 2 octobre 2014

Creative Writing Ideas - 7 Secrets To An Endless Flow Of Creative Writing Ideas

Creative Writing Ideas

As a copywriter, ideas are the starting point for everything you write. Sometimes they come easy and sometimes they seem to dry up completely. But there are plenty of ways you can get more ideas for creative writing. Here are 7 of the best secrets for endless ideas for your writing:

1 believe you are a channel for great ideas without end. Having a flow of good ideas begin to believe that you can have that flow. Imagine you're standing in a storm and rain pouring down all around you, dip you to the bone. Now imagine every drop of water is an idea. If you believe that ideas are always flowing down, you'll be able to immerse yourself in whenever you like!

2 Use an Ideas Journal. This is the secret key for all the ideas of creative writing you need. Get a laptop simple pocket and take it with you wherever you go. Once you have an idea, write it down, and then continue with what you were doing. The more you use your Ideas Journal, other ideas will flow to you.

3 Go with the natural energy idea. Often we will try to fit an idea into a framework that we already have, forcing it into a form, it is not meant to be, and end up frustrated and feeling like we never have useful ideas. Instead, find an idea that you're excited about and build around it. Let it evolve naturally rather than forcing them to be something it is not.

4 experiment with ideas of cross-pollination. An effective way to generate new ideas is to raise the ones you have. Take two seemingly unrelated ideas and ask, "How could they be related? How can they complement each other? "Often, just the contrast between the two is enough to generate new ideas that you might otherwise not have come up with.

5 Plot ideas on mind maps. Mind maps are just a visual image of how the ideas and associations are formed in your mind. Start by writing a word or phrase in a circle at the center of a large sheet of paper. Then write the words and ideas connected to the various arms coming out of the central idea. Then do the same for each of these new ideas. Continue as long as you want to generate dozens of potential new writing ideas.

6 Observe your natural idea highs. Notice when, where and in what circumstances you most ideas. Maybe you tend to feel more creative late at night or early morning? Maybe there are some places where ideas seem to flow more freely? How can you recreate these conditions high point of natural idea most often?

7 Read as much as possible. The more you expose yourself to a wide range of different handwriting, the easier it will boost your own writing ideas. You can watch on two levels. First the content - that writing is actually on. Second, techniques and structure - how the author engages you and how they make you feel. Take these ideas on board and adapt for use in your own creative writing.

mercredi 1 octobre 2014

Writing under the Influence: Inspiration, Plagiarism and Homage

In this article I want to address some of the issues to consider when your writing is certainly inspired by another story. There are different types of inspiration. Some are considered admirable; others may lead to prosecution. This item is not the last word on legal issues, but hopefully make you aware of them.


There is nothing wrong with being inspired to write the story of another author; in fact, I think almost all writers start out as stories readers. Reading experiences can be so strong - so exciting - that readers want to continue the experience even after the end of the story. A person can read a book and think, I want to do that! If you do not like, or have never known, reading fiction, then you should ask yourself why you want to write. For fame and fortune? Of course, some authors handle this, but most do not. It is easier, more reliable ways to earn money and fame.

Many stories have similar elements. In fact, some people such as Christopher Booker argues that all stories are built on one of the seven basic plots (numbers and descriptions of the different plots). If this is true, it is not surprising that many stories are similar, sometimes obviously, sometimes less obvious. We will cover cases of obvious similarity - plagiarism and homage - then move on to examples that are a little less obvious.


Plagiarism is bad. There may be something to copy verbatim and put your name on it, something happened too often in schools and universities and is considered so great that violation may be grounds for dismissal . Sometimes it is not a copy, but a copy nonetheless ideas. Here's what Wikipedia says about plagiarism:

Plagiarism is "misappropriation" and "steal and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work. ... Plagiarism is not a crime in itself, but in academia and industry, it is a felony ethics and plagiarism may constitute copyright infringement.
Plagiarism occurs even among the well-known authors. There was a famous case in which the novel prolific writer Janet Dailey borrowed passages from the novel even more prolific writer Nora Roberts and published these passages in Aspen Gold (curiously, it is the only book "with" Janet Dailey I ever read - - and I guess that means I still have not read through it). A settlement was reached, but it seems to prove that plagiarism is tempting to everyone, even for successful writers. The reason is clear: it is getting credit and perhaps money for doing nothing.

My unequivocal advice: do not plagiarize. When quoting another author, give credit where credit is due. Check what are the limits on fair use.


In tribute, you are supposed to be show your respect and admiration for another writer or artist, referring to their work. The tribute may be direct, as when geeks in The Big Bang Theory refer to Star Wars and Star Trek. It may be oblique, as when the characters in a story behave like the characters in another story, perhaps by having a similar conversation or by a technique that echoes another.

The line between homage flatters the original artist and a level that the original artist considers the flight is not always clear. From the comments accompanying the DVD I learned that a particular episode of Deep Space Nine Star Trek, "Our Man Bashir" was honored, that is, to pay homage to the James Bond franchise. The episode was very similar to James Bond; eg James Bond, he is a "Dr. No, "while in the episode" Deep Space Nine "there is a" Dr. Noah. "Obviously, the creators of Deep Space Nine thought they were paying a compliment to the James Bond franchise, but the owners of the James Bond franchise are not happy. Deep Space Nine was told to give up. Next time Bashir visited the holodeck wear a tuxedo, the scene was very short. So tribute can be in the eye of the beholder.

Inspirations twists 

There are many famous stories inspired by other stories examples. West Side Story, musical by Leonard Bernstein, is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Bernstein has made ​​many changes to the original: the setting is in New York, instead of Verona; Bernstein factions are the Jets and the Sharks from Puerto Rico, rather poor groups fighting for power in New York instead of the two houses of the rich Capulets and Montagues of Verona; Maria character who takes the role of Juliet does not die (which makes it kind of sad at the end). And of course, West Side Story is full of music and dance.

Bernstein does not have to worry about offending the original author, that Shakespeare had been dead for centuries before Bernstein wrote West Side Story. In addition, there are certainly plenty of originality in West Side Story. Even if you can see the outline of Romeo and Juliet inside, Bernstein has been well known to its own history.

Here are some ways to take familiar stories and develop differently:

Different Point of View. You might say Cinderella in terms of one of the ugly stepsisters.

Different average. You can take a story that is a play and make a novel like Alice Underwood and I did it with Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus, which tells the story of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (we have also changed the view). West Side Story took a play and made a musical.

Different time and. A recent and very popular example is Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games, which has much in common with the history of the ancient Greek hero Theseus and the youth groups and the Athenian maidens sent as offerings to the Minotaur of Crete.

Different keywords. You can take a story with a happy ending and make sad; or take a sad or depressing end and make him happy. Sometimes the version with the modified end becomes more popular than the original. For example, in the original version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the young girl dressed in scarlet was eaten by the wolf; history was used to warn children of the dangers of wandering in the woods. However, these days, and indeed, for many years, most people only know the version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in which the little girl survives, usually rescued by a woodsman or a hunter.

Different versions of the characters. Maybe you'll change genders or ages, or even species of original characters.

Various vibration. You can take a story that is usually serious and make it funny. An example of this is the parody of Lord of the Rings, known Bored of the Rings by the Harvard Lampoon.

Combining influences 

Another possibility is to let your writing is influenced by two or more different sources. When she started writing Harry Potter, JK Rowling must have been inspired by countless books Enid Blyton on residential schools. However, Rowling magic (and many other things), which makes the story itself. In his novels, although she paid tribute to others, as in calling the drink "butterbeer" favorite after a character in the Lord of the Rings, the innkeeper Butterbur.

Combining influences can lead to a whole new sub-genres. Romance was combined with fantasy and horror to create stories of love with vampires. Other examples of combined influences include novels of time travel, paranormal romances, mysteries featuring cats and historical mysteries. If you are a big fan of both genres or two particular stories, why not mix them together and see what comes out?


Creating stories do not occur in a vacuum. You can create something new and wonderful if you get inspired by other works; you can create a richer reading experience for your audience if you incorporate some of these influences.

In general, you should not plagiarize and you need to create your own story. However, there is an important exception. In the next article, we will examine some of the problems you encounter when writing fan fiction; that is, if you choose to write a work completely in a world created by another.

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