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Month: May, 2013

Writing Links – 31 May 2013

Links for 31 May

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Literary Birthdays – 31 May – Walt Whitman & John Connolly

Writing Tips – Can I? or May I?

Where Writers Sleep – Emily Dickinson

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Writing Links – 30 May 2013

Links for 30 May

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Literary Birthday – 30 May – Colm Tóibín

Writing Tips – Seven Tips for Writing Dialogue

Writing Article – 12 Famous Book Titles That Come From Poetry

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Writing Links – 29 May 2013

Links for 29 May

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Literary Birthday – 29 May – G.K. Chesterton

Where Writers Sleep – Sylvia Plath

Writing Article – Eight Real Crimes That Inspired Fiction

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Writing Links – 28 May 2013

Links for 28 May

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Literary Birthday – 28 May – Maeve Binchy

Where Writers Sleep – Ernest Hemingway

Writing Article – How to improve writing skills by reading different genres

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Writing Links – 27 May 2013

Links for 27 May

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Literary Birthdays – 27 May – Dashiell Hammett & Harlan Ellison & Herman Wouk

Writing Article – Writing in June

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Writing Links – 26 May 2013

Links for 26 May

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Literary Birthday – 26 May – Alan Hollinghurst

Writing Article – The Top 10 Spelling Tips

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Writing Links – 25 May 2013

Links for 25 May

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Literary Birthdays – 25 May – Raymond Carver & Ralph Waldo Emerson

Writing Article – Character Development Worksheet

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Writing Links – 24 May 2013

Links for 24 May

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Literary Birthdays – 24 May – Michael Chabon

Writing Article – Five Ways To Publish A Book

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Writing Links – 23 May 2013

Links for 23 May

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Literary Birthdays – 23 May – Margaret Wise Brown & Mitch Albom

Writing Article – Seven Rules for Acronyms

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Seven Rules for Acronyms

An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of each word of a compound term.

The contemporary rule is to write out the full name when first mentioned (with the acronym in brackets). Use only the acronym after this.

Example:  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will decide on the issue. NATO leadership is made up of…

Tip: Try not to use acronyms in your introductory paragraph. This side-tracks readers from your story.

Seven Rules for Acronyms

  1. An acronym is usually written in uppercase.  Examples: ASAP, LOL
  2. If the acronym has four letters or more and is pronounceable, we may use upper- and lowercase. Examples: Aids, Nasa, Interpol
  3. Contemporary acronyms do not need full stops. Examples: ASAP, NATO
  4. Some acronyms are so familiar we can assume readers recognise them. You do not need to write them out. Some examples: Aids, Unicef
  5. Many acronyms have become standard words. Examples: radar (radio detection and ranging), scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus),laser (light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation)
  6. Use ‘an’ in place of ‘a’ when the article precedes a vowel sound. It’s ‘an honour’ (the h is silent), but ‘a Unicef’ issue (it’s pronounced ‘yoo’). It’s the sound that matters.
  7. The word ‘the’ is unnecessary before acronyms pronounced as words. Examples: Interpol, Nato

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