Language Creation Pt. 1Language Creation Pt. 1: Cultural EmphasisLanguage Creation Pt. 12 years ago in Writing More Like This
All information given in this tutorial is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge but I do not claim to be the “be all, end all” in language creation. Everything I know about language creation was taught to me by my anthropological linguistics professor.
Before we begin I would like to point out that I will not be teaching you how to create your writing system until the very end of the tutorial, if at all. This tutorial will be mostly comprised of the speaking part of a language which always comes before the writing system.
Part 1 Section 1: Introduction
So here you are. You’re a budding author trying to create your own language for the very first time or maybe you already have something in the works and are basing your language around English or whatever your native language happens to be with a few words here and there and a pretty writing system. Well, I’m h
How to get used to your new tablet!This tutorial is by no means a definitive guide, but it should help you with your tablet usage!How to get used to your new tablet!2 years ago in Other More Like This
1 - First and foremost, don't be afraid of it. You need to use it. Every. Single. Day. Use it to browse the web for example. It'll help you get used to the sensitivity (practice highlighting sections of text), and all of the features of the pen. Some suggest that you should hide your mouse, so you're forced to only use your tablet! Through daily use, it should become an extension of your arm, and begin to move naturally.
2 - Play with it. Mess around with all of the settings your tablet has to offer. Not only will it help you find the settings you're most comfortable with, but it'll teach you what each individual part does. Also play around with it in your chosen drawing program (Photoshop / SAI / etc.), you'll learn more about your tablet and how it reacts to the program's settings (which may be different than what you're used to) - you're undoubte
Proofreading Tips #4: Who/Whom/WhoseProofreading Tips #4: Who/Whom/Whose2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Pronouns come in subjective, objective, and possessive forms (there are more, but these are the three we shall focus on). We seem to understand this until we want to use the word "who."
Recall that a subjective pronoun is the subject of a sentence (naturally), whereas an objective pronoun is the thing receiving the verb/action ("she passed the salt to me"--where "she" is the subjective pronoun and "me" is the objective pronoun). A list of such pronouns would look something like this:
I (subjective), me (objective), my/mine (possessive)We (subjective), us (objective), our/ours (possessive)You (subjective AND objective), yours (possessive)He/She (subjective), him/her (objective), his/her/hers (possessive)It (subjective AND objective), its
Punctuating DialoguePunctuating Dialogue1 year ago in Writing More Like This
For non-native English speakers and young readers: If you hover over a blue word, you'll see its definition.
Punctuating dialogue can be surprisingly difficult, even for people whose first language is English. It's one of the things that you see all the time in books, but you pay little attention to, and all your English teachers assume that you already know it. Sure, if you read a lot, you pick up the basics, but even then it can be difficult to unconsciously absorb all the rules. (Until 2012, I was making heinous mistakes with commas vs. periods. I'm still weeding out errors from my novel.)
Anyhow, for the sake of my fellow spirits who bemoan the lack of proper dialogue education, I've researched the subject and compiled this little guide. I hope that it answers your questions, and that it isn't too dull.
Note: I use American English. Other English-speaking countries may have slightly different rules.
Anatomy of Dialogue
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Proofreading Tips #1: RedundanciesProofreading Tips #1: Redundancies2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Have you ever thought about how redundantly we speak in every day conversation? Sometimes this passes into our writing. For graduates especially, we are unfortunately trained to add extra "padding" into our text to reach a desired word count.
Word redundancies (known as pleonasms and sometimes given the nickname of "baby puppies") are one such way. Here is a list highlighting such phrases--avoid using these at all costs:
advance warningalter or changeassemble togetherbasic fundamentalscollect togetherconsensus of opinioncontributing factordollar amounteach and everyend resultexactly identicalfew in numberfree and cleargrateful thanksgreat majorityintegral partlast and finalmidway betweennew changespast historyperfectly clearpersonal opinionpotential opportunitypositively certainproposed planserious interestrefer backtrue factsvisible to the eyeunexpected surprisesurrounded on all sidesnull and voidpoisonous venomfilled to capacityreason is becausenatural instinctpast e