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Demystifying the muse: 5 creativity myths you need to stop believing - Crew Blog
of course, It's in businesses interest to demystify. you can't commodify the mysterious. So, out with the old myths, in with the new.
writing  inspiration  ideology 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
Bad advice on being a good writer
Keep the pressure up: no to StrunkNWhite
"Stay away from the advice of anyone who recommends Strunk (or Strunk and White). If you want a book on how to write, read Steven Pinker's superb book The Sense of Style."
tech_writing  writing  fyc  prescriptivism 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
this progress | if:book
Buried in the middle of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques, a book digressive in exactly the right way, is an astonishing argument about writing. "My hypothesis, if correct, would oblige us to recognize the fact that the primary function of written communication is to facilitate slavery. The use of writing for disinterested purposes, and as a source of intellectual and aesthetic pleasure, is a secondary result, and more often than not it may even be turned into a means of strengthening, justifying or concealing the other."

Take that Phaedrus.
writing  phaedrus  plato  dh 
march 2014 by mcmorgan
Why “Bloggers vs. Journalists” is Still With Us
An interesting article nteresting on two counts: the topic amd thesis he's taking (bloggers want to be journos and journos want to be bloggers), and how he's presenting his preparation: crots with commentary that constellate into multiple patterns. Nice.
journalism  blogging  en3177  crots  writing  genre 
march 2011 by mcmorgan
if:book: what i've learned since posting a proposal for a taxonomy of social reading
Author considers revision of first draft of a taxonomy. An illustration of how scholars work socially.
reading  writing  socialreading  drafting  ple 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
V Bush - As We May Think - The Atlantic
Classic for history of new and social media, hypertext, internet. The only good use of microfilm ever created. 1945
history  internet  augmentation  newmedia  notetaking  scholarship2.0  writing 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers - The Chronicle
Overview of recent studies and commentary on affects and position of online and extra-curricular writing. Ranges from "stylistically impoverished," to Yancey: "If we don't invite students to figure out the lessons they've learned from that writing outside of school and bring those inside of school, what will happen is only the very bright students" will do it themselves, Ms. Yancey says. "It's the rest of the population that we're worried about."
writing  blogging  literacy  academicwriting  scholarship2.0  PLE  MOOC 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
Content Strategy: The Philosophy of Data - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
by Rachel Lovinger. Early piece on content strategy and thinking about difference between copy and content
wcw  content_strategy  copywriting  design  IA  marketing  ux  freelancing  writing 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
The origins of abc | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog
via techrhet: Dead on intro to development of the western alphabet and writing.
typography  printing  history  the_page  writing  fyc 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
De inventione punctus | Bookfuturism
Little bib on changing punctuation conventions, some of the speculation resting too much on ... um ... speculation. Leaves out Crystal and Baron. "All signs suggest punctuation is in flux. In particular, our signs that mark grammatical (and sometimes semantic) distinctions are waning, while those denoting tone and voice are waxing."
writing  writinglore  punctuation  fyc  twwt  erhetoric 
july 2010 by mcmorgan
MSK - Moleskine
Moleskine has gone hybrid with templates and generators to add print and web data to your journals.
moleskine  generator  diy  printing  notebook  writing  notebooks  paper  design 
february 2010 by mcmorgan
Writing Spaces | Readings on Writing
Writing wants to be free. A significant project, but the anti-wiki spin isn't really necessary: "An Alternative to Wiki Textbooks. Some teachers might have thought about participating in other open access textbook projects like Wikibooks, but have not for fear that such work would go unrewarded in tenure and promotion. Writing Spaces' individually authored texts and more traditional proposal and peer review process gives you a line on your CV with direct publication credit for your work.An Alternative to Wiki Textbooks

Some teachers might have thought about participating in other open access textbook projects like Wikibooks, but have not for fear that such work would go unrewarded in tenure and promotion. Writing Spaces' individually authored texts and more traditional proposal and peer review process gives you a line on your CV with direct publication credit for your work." Seems the project is heavily embedded in traditional writing spaces.
publishing  writing  wikibooks  pedagogy  literature  book 
october 2009 by mcmorgan
Prune That Prose - The Chronicle Review
Another self-castigation about academic prose. Yes, good advice. Yes, a good position to take. But, as usual, the sense of academic prose is over-generalized and stereotyped. As here - "Revision requires making choices, something that academic writing allows you to avoid at all costs. Much of what makes that kind of prose so complicated is that nothing gets left out. Writing for a popular audience, in contrast, forces you to figure out what the hell you're trying to say and come right out with it."

So does writing for an academic audience when you respect that audience enough to bring your argument forward - which Hornstein finally nails when she looks at Graff and gets to writing for freshman.

Read Lanham's theory.
academic  styleguide  prosestyle  writing  publishing 
september 2009 by mcmorgan
WikiResearch / Improving Academic Writing Skills
Thorough research with a diverse group of students. The reach the usual conclusions but wisely emphasize moderation of claims. Representative anecdotes. "Through collaboration and iteration, we were able to significantly increase and improve the effectiveness of our use of wikis in writing-intensive classes. We found that although the wikis were a compelling tool for teaching writing and although students improved their confidence in and ability to write, we could not attribute either of these effects directly to our use of wikis. Instead, wikis facilitated the methods of teaching writing we already practiced, such as multiple drafts, self and peer review, and writing for audiences other than the teacher. We found wikis most useful as a tool for student collaboration and were delighted by the community building effects of this collaboration.
wikis  writing  research  twwt 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
Palin's Resignation: The Edited Version |
A little shaky in its premise because VF seems to be editing spoken delivery into written delivery.
writing  copywriting  editing  techwriting 
july 2009 by mcmorgan
Annotation Example
Web Annotation Demo

This is a demonstration of Marginalia, my web annotation implementation.
wcw  literacy  writing  marginalia 
june 2008 by mcmorgan
The Marginalia of John Adams at Deeplinking
efore blogs allowed people to offer comment on everything they read and tediously deconstruct arguments paragraph by paragraph for the world to see, people like Adams wrote witty remarks in the margins of their books. Lots of them.
literacy  library  writing  marginalia  books  newmedia 
june 2008 by mcmorgan
work/space: Hacking Text
Mark Bernstein provides a short, illuminating little account of why symbolic-analytic work relies heavily on (a) knowing your work environment, (b) being able to hack together tools on the fly, and (c) situating both of those into a broader rhetorical pur
writing  writingspace  wiki  scholarship2.0  workspace  mobilelearning  notetaking 
june 2008 by mcmorgan
Pew Internet: Writing, Technology and Teens
Teens write a lot, but they do not think of their emails, instant and text messages as writing. This disconnect matters because teens believe good writing is an essential skill for success and that more writing instruction at school would help them.
fyc  literacy  writing 
may 2008 by mcmorgan
Say It All in Six Words
A perenial, this time frm the N Yorker. Your bio in 6 words on a nametag, twitter, gravatar
freelancing  writing  books  blogging 
march 2008 by mcmorgan
Jon Udell: Heavy metal umlaut: the movie
Screen cast of how a wikipedia page is updated. Reviews how revs get done, then picks up on some themes in revising, establishing a rough methodology for studying revs
wikis  en3177  writing  revision  refactoring 
march 2008 by mcmorgan
Battling Bloggers Block
from A *very* extensive posting worth returning to.
blog  blogging  en3177  writing  professional  freelancing 
december 2007 by mcmorgan
Palimpsest: the guide to a (mostly) paperless life | 43 Folders
As many before me have pointed out, the key is to recognize that paper is all about process, whereas digital media are all about information and retrieval.
paper  erhetoric  en3177  writing 
november 2007 by mcmorgan
Is The Net Good For Writers? - 10 Zen Monkeys
RU Sirius starts with Clay Shirky on the spread of literacy, and a string of men (no women represented here) weigh in. The discussion's open.
web2.0  journalism  literacy  freelancing  writing  blogging 
october 2007 by mcmorgan
Captures and plays back composition in real time.
visualization  writing  fyc  web2.0 
july 2007 by mcmorgan
if:book: poetry in motion
About projects capturing and playing back the writing process (micro level) in real time. Follow the link to Dlog and have a go.
writing  web2.0  literacy  fyc 
july 2007 by mcmorgan
if:book: do bloggers dream of electrifying text?
m an English graduate. I like the physicality of books, the way you can annotate them, the way they start conversations or act as a currency among friends. But I feel deeply that the print industry is out of step with the contemporary cultural landscape,
en3177  writing  erhetoric  authorship  author2.0  freelancing 
december 2006 by mcmorgan
Language Log: More timewasting garbage, another copy-editing moron
Accurate critique-as-rant on copy editors trying to rest their stylistic declarations on correctness.
copyediting  writing  grammar  fyc  styleguide  stylesheet 
august 2006 by mcmorgan
Wikis in teaching and assessment
use of NMPOV in writing and assessment. researchers place students under rhetorical constraints of writing in NPOV as a way of prompting negotiation and collectivist moves.
wikis  writing  twwt  fyc  readme  research 
august 2006 by mcmorgan
Content, structure, and relevance: the ploy’s the thing. Part one of a four-part series
also published at Emphasis on content, including links, etc. Right at the beginning of web2.0, advocates making content available for free., providing communities, .
wcw  writing  webdesign 
july 2006 by mcmorgan
Writing for a Web Audience (Web Design & Usability)
Constance Petersen. 10 suggestions. The virtue with this work over others is that Peterson connects the suggestion to end/effect: use a list to slow readers down; simplify for understanding, etc.
wcw  webdesign  writing  erhetoric 
july 2006 by mcmorgan
Community Ubuntu Documentation Wiki
Superb example of a community wiki, written with care and attention.
writing  wiki  ubuntu  wikis 
july 2006 by mcmorgan
evaluating newmedia assignments
Smart article focusing on metaphorical and metonymic relations between modes. good analysis, and good illustration of evalative approach
composition  writing  newmedia  teaching 
july 2006 by mcmorgan
Successful Blog - 9 + 1 Things Every Reader Wants from a Writer
most of her points focus on establishing a relationship with a reader - deciding on the role the writer wants the reader to play - and how to help the reader play that role.
blogging  writing  en3177  freelancing  tips 
june 2006 by mcmorgan
BeenDigital, Blamb
wiki essay on digital, erhet, literacy.
essay  en3177  wikis  writing  erhetoric 
january 2006 by mcmorgan
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