Post by ScienceGirl on Jun 8, 2021 12:56:43 GMT -6
Do you ever wish you could go back to school and sit in a classroom to relearn all the things you didn't pay attention to when you were younger? Yeah, me neither. But there's no question that to be a good writer you have to master certain techniques. Since many of us decide to be writers well past those secondary (and even middle school) courses, we have to find good ways to practice the simple skills. Just as a soccer player practices their shot or a dancer fine-tunes a move, writers need simple exercises to keep all the rules fresh in our minds.
Meet NoRedInk. It's a free site that middle and high school English teachers use with their students. According to their website, they
"build stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data."
You can go back and review as far as Kindergarten. You can choose TV shows, movies, and characters that you find interesting. And a lot of times the sentences it generates will be funny. Everything is color-coded and easy to read. I highly recommend this site!
pelwrath: I’ve only had such a contract for a story once before. That doesn’t excuse my stupidity.
Sept 20, 2021 15:37:51 GMT -6
pelwrath: Did about 1200 words on Vampire #2 this morning with more for tonight. Wife and daughter watching Candyman.
Sept 20, 2021 17:11:05 GMT -6
pelwrath: My wife said with pouting eyes, “don’t you want to watch Candyman with me?” Horror not a genre of preference. Monster scary (Alien, etc.) fine. That said, movie isn’t that bad with an interesting twist at the end.
Sept 21, 2021 11:40:08 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Oh, ugh, no! Saw that one waaaaay back. Never again. Not my genre either. Still, I've never said "Candyman" three times while looking in a mirror. No way! LOL
Sept 22, 2021 11:49:31 GMT -6
pelwrath: This one is brand new and answers questions from the first.
Sept 22, 2021 12:04:10 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: i dont think Ive seen it either.
Sept 22, 2021 15:05:34 GMT -6
pelwrath: Researching the city of Edinburgh isn't hard, but trying to connect two disjoint locations in and near the city for my book 2 draft, ain't easy.
Sept 22, 2021 20:04:13 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: We've been joking about Candyman at work because the lead was excited to see it
Sept 22, 2021 20:17:27 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: "Okay, you guys go home and say candyman 3 times in the mirror and then come back and tell me what happens"
Sept 22, 2021 20:17:40 GMT -6
whaleworkforfood: What do you guys think happens if you say Candyman (or Bloody Mary or any other mirror-related apparitions) non-consecutively? Like if you say Candyman once tonight, then says Candyman again the next night. Do you still summon Candyman?
Sept 23, 2021 7:58:06 GMT -6
pelwrath: If you're saying with the knowledge of what could happen, then too bad for you. Also, the new movie provides an interesting definition of mirror.
Sept 23, 2021 9:58:08 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: I think it has to be consecutive or else my parrot-y butt has unknowingly summoned Mary Worth several hundred times by now LOL
Sept 23, 2021 14:52:33 GMT -6
Alatariel: What about with Beetlejuice? I think it must be within a certain time-period, like the same minute or something.
Sept 23, 2021 16:20:49 GMT -6