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ICftW: “The Dictionary Definition of ‘Writer'”

I haven’t been able to track down the original source for this week’s It Came from the Web cartoon. (In fact, I wasn’t able to find a quality copy anywhere, so I had to toy with the image in PhotoShop to sharpen the image.) If anyone knows the original creator, please let me know!

Writer dictionary definition: Caffeine

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Life or Rape: Richard Mourdock’s Pronoun Scandal

Richard Mourdock rape statements.

Richard Mourdock recently said that God wants girls to be raped.

Only he didn’t say that. And the problem stems from improperly defined pronouns. It was kind of Mourdock, really, to show us how a badly botched pronoun can cause such an uproar.

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The Literally Game (a Metaphor Exercise)

Metaphor Lesson Series

Metaphor Exercise 2: The Literally Game

Not ready yet? Go back to basics.
Want to step back to the previous entry in the series? Go to figurative vs literal language.

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Metaphors Will Blow Your Readers’ Minds. Literally.

Okay, maybe not literally.

Metaphors Be With You

Metaphor Lesson Two: The Difference Between Figurative and Literal

Not ready yet? Go back to basics.
Want to step back to the previous entry in the series? Go to Metaphor Madlibs.

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9 Metaphor Exercises to Empower Your Writing

Metaphors Be With You

As you probably know, I’m in the process of creating a series of lessons and exercises that help you improve your ability to work with metaphors. Here are the nine exercises, which I’ll be discussing in greater detail later on.

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A Writer’s Review: Lessons from The Hobbit

I remember the curious faux-gold cover of my family’s 50th anniversary edition of The Hobbit, the curious incomprehensibility of the runes across the surface. I was familiar with the story of The Hobbit from before I could read at all (thanks to the animated movie), and reading the book itself was inevitable.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit‘s release, I’ve re-visited the story. Now as then, it was a pleasant, easygoing read that launched me into a world that mixed equal parts fantasy and danger.

General Thoughts

4/5 stars

The Hobbit is a highly accessible adventure that mixes a powerfully constructed macro level (the plot is great, the world is enthralling) with a gritty sense of micro level (the everyday struggles faced by the cast). The balance between these two poles makes the book simultaneously relate-able and fantastic.

The narration is charming, the dialogue memorable, and the work itself founded a genre. If you haven’t read The Hobbit, you kind of have to. If you read it when you were young, it’s well worth re-visiting.

Lessons from Tolkien’s Strengths

Image via the Examiner

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