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Let’s Get Technical: Metaphors and Similes

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Metaphor and simile: What is the difference? Technically speaking, the most common difference between metaphors and similes are described as this: metaphors state that an object is something it is not (i.e. the man was a ferocious tiger) while similes state that an object is similar to or like an object it is not (i.e. […]

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Textbook Interview: Thinking Education

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Textbook Use and Education One elementary aim of education  is to promote student’ thinking. Developing their abilities to delve further and deeper into new and pre-existing ideas. Curiosity, and the notion that everything can and should be challenged is an essential aspect of education. The use of a textbook, should assist in this aim. Walt […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Character Development

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Character Development Through Archetypes In a previous post, the idea of character archetypes was briefly discussed with the use of a character archetype wheel. These character archetypes are the roles that characters typically fall into as seen in the following detailed wheel: The problem with simply following character archetypes, however, is that many characters do […]

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Thinking Education – An Introduction

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Introduction – Thinking Education Another series of blog posts will begin to run simultaneously with our review categories, technical writing advice, and story drafting. This series is named ‘Thinking Education’ because it gets to the heart of what education aims to develop: thinking. Thinking Education aims to explore are some practical thinking activities. As well […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Adjectives and Adverbs The most common complaint or issue that authors have when it regards adjectives and adverbs is their overuse. Overusing adjectives or adverbs can lead to a form of ‘telling’ writing in which the writer is ‘pigeon holing’ the reader into their world. Look for example at the following sentence: The dark blue […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Dialogue

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Dialogue is Speech Dialogue can make or break a film, novel or play. So when it comes to speech how can you master some techniques to making creative, unique and fascinating dialogue that suspends disbelief, rather than creates disbelief? Here are a few tips and ideas to improve your dialogue writing: Understand Your Characters Characters […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Grammar

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Grammar is hardly a topic of conversation for any dinner table or party. Yet it is an incredibly necessary tool for any writer. While readers read for the information and ideas a reader conveys, a clearer understanding of the rules will always prove incredibly useful. As a disclaimer, however, it is one thing to understand […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Structure

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This series we will begin by looking at the concept of structure and how to improve structure. If you have been reading these writing posts consistently, you will have noticed that it is strongly recommended you follow a 4-Step Process when writing Essays. The beginning of this process involves planning, and the concept of working with […]

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The Secret To Finding Inspiration For Your Writing

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Finding Inspiration One of the biggest challenges that faces anyone in writing is ‘how can I be inspired to write.’ So often the advice for writers of all levels is – just write and write what you know. But how can writers overcome the dreaded ‘writer’s block’ or get ideas for their writing: from essays […]

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Want To Become A Speedreader? A Guide To Reading Faster

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Ever looked at someone who reads at ‘a million miles per hour’ and wonder how they reached that pace? Have you ever desired to become one of those speed-reading machines that absorb the majority of words and comprehension while also racing through books. Well, in that case please continue to read on and discover a […]