Twitter Account Activity!

Hello Friends 🙂

Based on the brief discussion we have had so far. I would love to get a road-map on using Twitter more effectively and connecting with more people.

Anyone who has a nice circle or following over there or knows how to use it better, please share your know-hows in a post here for helping all of us who are lost. I really don’t know how to use Twitter well. I have been very active on Google and Facebook in the past but for mysterious reasons I have avoided Twitter except for sharing link to my posts.
EDIT: Dr. Meg Sorick has generously shared this article for our benefit. I hope you will have a look:

http://www.derekhaines.ch/vandal/how-to-use-twitter/
Sincerely,
Anand 🙂

#help

@sashay909 @kristinavanhoos @shinepositivepower @wynstep @garthmr @drmegsorick @raforbeginners @mkjackie99 @lulaharp @heathernotes

Tricking the Critic: The Three-Minute Poem

It seems like a paradox that solid structure and firm boundaries offer freedom.

I used to think that, if I had unlimited time and resources, I would consistently be able to produce writing that flowed and charmed.  But what I found was that, in those few wide-open episodes of no pressure and  time-luxury, I had no idea what to write about.  The morning would stretch out endlessly, and soon I would wander away from my desk, seeking the first distraction.

But other times, when I only had fifteen minutes and someone told me I HAD to produce a paragraph,–well, that paragraph emerged.

Something had stripped the restrictions away and shut up my inner critic.

When time is no issue, the Inner Critic surfaces, lazily, smugly, big bully that s/he is.  And everything I go to write gets a scathing critique.

“Really?” says the IC.  “And who could possibly be interested in reading THAT?”

After listening to a few nasty remarks of that nature, I am up and brewing a new pot of coffee, looking through my recipes, deciding to rearrange the books on my To-Read shelf.

Unless—unless I put my own structure in place, outwitting the bully within.

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Community college students in English Composition classes were generally convinced of a couple of things.  They would tell me bluntly and boldly that they hated poetry.  And they would assert with no underlying, hopeful, denial that they absolutely and unequivocally could not write.

It was my job to clearly and firmly change their minds on both counts.

I was always looking for exercises and activities to engage them. Somewhere along the line, I ran across the Three Minute Poem (so long ago, I can’t even remember how to justly attribute the source.) Here is how it worked:

I would say to the students, Quick! Give me five words. Then I’d write the first five words they blurted on the board.  The words could be anything–like, say….

Steaming

Manic

Cooling Continue reading

#weekly

Poetry Competition?

Hello Friends 🙂

As many of us are not taking writing 101, I think we can invite entries for Poet’s Corner.

The idea #idea was suggested by Garth @garthmr ( Ivan also suggested something similar earlier ) @ivanproust I would like to discuss what exactly we should do. Should we open entries for 1 week every month and then declare winner based on the number of likes at the weekend?

If yes, then should we start this week and then keep it going like this for next months?

I need your valuable feedback #feedback. Especially all poets :
@garthmr @ivanproust @theanonymoustalker @kokoboocro
We also need to agree on type of verse to be used for the submission. 🙂 Let’s discuss!

If you feel competition is a bad idea–then also please let me know 🙂

@ananyabha @anwyn84 @drmegsorick @stanito @ishitarc1908 @21timetraveler @rugwed @wynstep @sashay909 @raniamanda @anandartist @pamkirst2014 @dalees107 @heathernotes
@kristinavanhoos @shinepositivepower @sandeept252 @arpitastravelblog @lulaharp @maddy1953

It’s Grammar Time! Make your sentences make sense.

All blogs have a minimum of writing, there’s no getting around it. Why not make your writing the best it can be? Good grammar and spelling can make or break an otherwise wonderful blog post. For this week’s topic, I’ll be talking about misplaced modifiers. What is a misplaced modifier? Simply put, it’s a word or phrase put in the wrong place in a sentence. It will make a sentence confusing and illogical. Take for example, this sample converstion:

Me: “This morning, I passed a horse on the way to work.”
You: “Where does the horse work?”
Me: “No, the horse wasn’t going to work, I was. A policeman was riding the horse directing cars.”
You: “So the horse was directing cars?”
Me: “No! The policeman was directing the cars on the horse.”
You: “How were the cars on the horse?”
Me: “Ugh! He was trying to direct the cars while riding the horse unsuccessfully.”
You: “Are you saying the horse was unsuccessful?’
Me: “Oh, never mind!”

Ridiculous, right? The modifiers should be placed as close to whatever they describe or give information about. For example: This morning, on my way to work, I passed a horse. And so forth. Notice, too, how the modifying phrase is set apart by commas. More about that next week with Mask!

A good way to avoid this mistake is to read your sentences aloud before pressing that post button! It becomes apparent when our modifiers are misplaced and gives us the opportunity to restructure the sentence properly. Happy writing, fellow bloggers!
Meg Sorick
#weekly #grammar