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To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

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This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working On Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare's Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

Mum reveals daughter's amazing response to bully that had class 'in hysterics'

A mum has shared her daughter's brilliant response to a school bully.<p>On Mumsnet, user 'WaitroseCostaCoffeeCup' said her nine-year-old has reached an …

4 Ways To Simplify Your Writing Process

You can make it hard for yourself, or you can make it simple.<p>I used to have very specific expectations of my articles. They all needed to be of the …

How to Write an Expository Essay

Conveying Information With Expository Writing<p>Expository writing is used to convey information. It is the language of learning and understanding the …

50 Great Narrative Nonfiction Books To Get On Your TBR List

Narrative nonfiction—also known as creative nonfiction or literary nonfiction—is usually defined as nonfiction that uses the techniques and style of …

The Fiction Nominees and Finalists for the 2017 National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward<p>Jesmyn Ward was awarded a 2017 “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation in recognition of the writing she has thus far displayed in three previous novels, a memoir, and edited anthologies. In <i>Sing, Unburied Sing</i>, Ward combines elements of myth, ghost story, and history lesson to tell …

Teaching Topic Sentences Using Models

Crafting Good Topic Sentences that Focus the Reader<p>Topic sentences can be likened to miniature thesis statements for individual paragraphs. The topic …

10 Literary Blogs You Should Be Reading

Book news travels via word-of-mouth in New York and, more often than not, the internet is where writers, publishers, and—above all—readers compile …

How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

U want 2B a better writer?<p>Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even …

38 Word Usage Mistakes Even Smart People Make

English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.<p>1. INVARIABLY<p>If something happens invariably, it …

#6 Websites Which Can be a Book Lover's Paradise

Now, read a book on your smartphone for free<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Whether it's a lazy sunny afternoon or a rainy day, you are travelling or are at leisure, books have always been a much loved resort for many. While the love for a …

Books

Why Kids Can’t Write

On a bright July morning in a windowless conference room in a Manhattan bookstore, several dozen elementary school teachers were learning how to create worksheets that would help children learn to write.<p>Judith C. Hochman, founder of an organization called the Writing Revolution, displayed examples …

Education

50 great summer holiday activities for families in the UK

<b>ALL SUMMER</b><p>Polar fun, Edinburgh<p>Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh is keeping cool this summer with lots of polar-themed activities, including family science shows on the Arctic and Antarctic, icy experiments, and craft sessions where kids can make their own penguin, walrus or polar bear.<br>• <i>Until 28 August,</i> …

England

7 things I learned about Gmail working at Google

My first day at Google in 2011 felt a bit like joining Hogwarts: you’re excited and not entirely sure what you’ll be doing!<p>I was happy to do anything and learn in the process! For the next two years, I was lucky enough to train Google employees on Gmail and to pitch Gmail to companies of all …

Productivity

Sikh couple 'told they could not adopt because only white babies were available'

A Sikh couple claim they were told they could not adopt a white child because of their ethnic background.<p>Sandeep and Reena Mander, who are British-born and live in Berkshire, allege that they were rejected by their local adoption agency, Adopt Berkshire, as only white children were available.<p>Mr and …

Grammar and Usage

<b>You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.</b><p><b>ROBERT FROST</b><p><b>Word has somehow got around that the split infinitive is</b> …

Alain de Botton on What Makes a Good Communicator and the Difficult Art of Listening in Intimate Relationships

“What makes people good communicators is, in essence, an ability not to be fazed by the more problematic or offbeat aspects of their own characters.”<p><i>“Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it,”</i> Ursula K. …

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Required Reading for June, 2016: From The Whale to White Trash

Every month, Signature combs through the upcoming releases across nonfiction and literary fiction to provide a look at the most exciting titles rounding the bend. Whether you’re lounging on the beach or hiding from the blistering heat, this June’s crop of books has a little something for everyone: …

The best nonfiction books add up to a biography of our culture

It’s a frighteningly giant universe to survey, but picking 100 great books that fall under this baggy rubric promises real insights<p>Once upon a time, the educated reader in, for example, the 17th or even the 18th century could load an essential library of classics on to a horse and cart. Even in …

Ten books that changed the world

Photograph: Sipa Press / Rex Features/Sipa Press / Rex Features<p>Simone de Beauvoir. Photograph: Rex<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/a12a811d7cae27fd195e3557a9e6325b45ab3aa5/0_0_1008_605/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: pr<p>Aldo Leopold. Photograph: Starker Leopold/Aldo Leopold …

Being an Adoptive Mum!

I'm the archetypal people pleaser in many ways so it can take me a while to realise when something it starting to gnaw at me. Even when things do …

This New Year's, I Resolve to Accept My Kids for Who They Are

More times than I care to count, I have been seduced into buying pocket size notebooks, leather bound journals and, God help me, the occasional …

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Three generations of adoption

When Ray Victor Lewis's mother gave him up for adoption in 1936, she left him with a small Bible. Inside the front cover, the inscription reads, "Ray of Sunshine, Victorious over all."<p>Ray's name wasn't changed by his new parents, although he was a baby. Nor were the circumstances of his adoption …

A Letter to My Adopted Son: On Having to Share You

<i>By Elise Schreier, Blogger for CTWorkingMoms.com</i><p>November is National Adoption Month and with this, I add my truth to all the rest that is bravely being spoken.<p>"I didn't give you the gift of life; life gave me the gift of you..."-Author Unknown<p>To my son,<p>The other day, you told me that sometimes, you …

The easy way to adoption readiness — in your own time

<b>Want to know more?</b><p>First Steps provides real insights through audio episodes and online lessons. They've been devised by adoption specialists and …

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