Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

What should you keep in mind as you revise? Here are Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules!

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If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

elmoreleonardrulesofwriting-1so claims Elmore Leonard  in the book Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing which I read about today on the blog Brain Pickings.

Leonard was a novelist but most of his rules still apply to writing in general. If you want to read the why and the wherefore and his stories that generated these rules, you’ll need to go to Brain Pickings, or even better, buy the book Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing (public library)  illustrated by Joe Ciardiello.

If you just want the basic rules, a taste of what he has to say, and some ideas of how they apply to academic writing, read on!

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On Being A Watcher of Vowels and a Master Procrastinator of Words

why writers procrastinate and what it might mean for your education

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“For me and most of the writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (page 22)

“The writing we most admire, the writing that takes us into other worlds, the writing that allows us to live the experience of others, the writing that influences our thoughts and emotions has evolved through a  process of exploration dna discovery. That process is both frightening and thrilling for the writer since progress is made, as it is in science and sports, by instructive failure.” Donald Murray, Craft of Revision (page 3)

“Most writers manage to get by because, as the deadline creeps closer, their fear of turning in nothing eventually surpasses their fear of turning in something terrible,” writes business bloggerMegan McArdle“Why Writers Are the Worst…

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Today #StopTheNSA 2/11/14

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Here’s how.

Read why.

Information from The Day We Fight Back: https://thedaywefightback.org/

Changes at Ventura College: more English classes + block scheduling

IMG_7746Ventura College’s new Executive Vice President Patrick Jefferson is changing the way the class schedule is organized starting this fall. No longer will there be daily classes; instead classes will be held during two day a week blocks with Fridays reserved for 3 unit classes meeting for 3 hours:

Daytime Classes (MW or TR): NOTE: 5-unit classes fill two time slots.
  • 8:00 AM
  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 3:30 PM
Evening Classes  (MW or TR)
  • 4:30 PM (5-unit classes only)
  • 5:00 PM (4-unit classes only)
  • 5:30 PM (3-unit classes only)
  • 7:00 PM

Also coming soon will be changes to the course offerings in English. There is a movement to offer a 4 unit English 1B (critical thinking through literature) course to meet the transfer needs of English majors (this will be an option; as I understand it, the 3 unit class will also continue to be offered).

A greater variety of classes in English will also be  available for example, British and American literature, Aesthetics of Film, Creative Writing, Multicultural American Literature and/or Shakespeare.

In order to anticipate student interest, we’d appreciate the completion of this short survey:

So what do you think about having more English classes? What do you think about the new schedule?

Here’s how to travel the entire country without ever getting in a car

Ready for an adventure? How about criss crossing the country using mass transit?

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This painstaking map (click to embiggen, but you’re going to want to go to the full-size version) is a labor of love by the American Intercity Bus Riders Association, and it shows all the intercity transit routes in the U.S. In theory, you could use this map to traverse the country by rail and bus alone, never getting in a car.

Greater Greater Washington has a caveat: 

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