Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, our survey of established authors' tips for successful authorship continues, including Joyce Carol Oates, Ian Rankin. Will Self, Zadie Smith, Colm Tóibín. Annie Proulx and Helen Simpson
Writing is not my final answer, it’s my field notes, and reflections. And i guess, at heart, it’s an exploration of one’s own struggle to understand, to make sense of things. And it’s fun.
McKamey argues that the most important skill for a teacher is his or her ability to build trust with a student, which develops when students can sense that the educator is willing to hear their ideas, thoughts, and musings despite their challenges with grammar, low grades, or test scores in previous classes. This doesn’t mean that teachers need to cushion their feedback with fake praise, but it does mean, she thinks, that schools should help teachers develop skills to recognize what all students, including those who might be considered “low achieving,” do in their classrooms—instead of focusing mostly on what they don’t do or know.
The British-Canadian journalist and author – co-founder of ‘Boing Boing’, one of the most influential blogs in the world – talks about his vision for our digital world.
Cory Doctorow talks about his education, growing up with mainframes, the consumption of news and engaging with others,
Some interesting quotes:
On Succeeding in Technology
If you really want a good job in tech then you should have the good fortune of being born in 1971 … Anyone who is my age who made a living in technology just got lucky by when they were born.
Paying for the Product
They say if you are not paying for that you are the product, what we see in an era of unregulated monopolism is that people who are paying for it are still the product. You buy an iPhone or an Android Phone and it is loaded with survellieance technology … If you are a farmer and you drive your 1/2 million dollar John Deer tracker around your fields, it is gathering telemtery on your fields … Monsanto takes that data and sells it back to you in seed, while John Deer takes that data and sells it to the futures market.
People Are Free, not the Internet
The internet does not want to be free, people do.
Riding the Highs and Lows
It does not matter how delicious the punch is if there is a turd floating in the punch bowl
This is a generally brilliant set up for any researcher, professor, journalist, or other stripe of writer for providing online content, particularly when they may be writing for a multitude of outlets.
Last October, Dr Perelman was commissioned to conduct a review of ACARA's planned automated essay-scoring known as "robot marking". His review was critical, sparked concern among education ministers, and finally led to the scrapping of the plan.
I wanted to share my own edu-bookery. It is important to state that for me, regular blogging and writing separate to a book is an excellent mental work-bench for writing a book, offering me the discipline needed to write habitually and at length. Still, my book writing process is really quite specific and I have fell upon a helpful habit in writing my latest book.
- Coin an idea and chapter structure
- Delve into the research
- Review the notes
- Transfer notes to seperate word files
- Write the book
- Draft and edit
In addition to the reflections from Mary Myatt, Tom Sherrington and Ryan Holiday, they offer a useful insight into the writing process. It is interesting to compare these with the process often taught in schools. So often students get straight into writing without giving time to the initial planning process.
via Oliver Quinlan