__lesser-known editing symbols

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lesser-known-editing-symbols-writing-editingI love the heart and light-bulb symbols! :P With most editing happening in Word with track changes, there isn’t need for little symbols. But I think if my editor drew on my manuscript she would use numerous comic speech bubble symbols. It would represent ‘let us into the characters thoughts’ here’. Is there a symbol your editor would create just for your manuscript? Did these symbols make you laugh/smile?

- Ermisenda Alvarez

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

old books

Books are my favorite thing in the world. They are just like people, in some ways. Old dust and cracked spines can hide youthful insides, vibrant histories, imagination spilling out to weave tales to put little ones to bed. Others are bright and colorful on the outside but have no substance on the inside. You have to take time to get to know them. It’s a commitment. You can fall in love with a good book.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause.


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Movie Review: The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner
Movie 1

genre: science fiction, dystopian, young adult

the-maze-runner-movie-posterUsually, I tell people to read the book before the movie. Don’t read the book. Wait for the movie to hit NetFlix. If you’ve read the book, wait a week or two from when you finished reading until you go see the movie. The movie changed 70-80% of the book. I finished the book the same day I went to see the movie, so I sat there the entire time shaking my head with my brows creased thinking, “That’s not how that happened. That didn’t happen. That’s out of order. That didn’t happen. You skipped that. What the…? Why did you change that detail? What did that accomplish? What??? How? That didn’t… How are you going to finish the movie if you changed… you changed the ending…”

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__book hangover memes

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book-hangover-reading-funny-memes6I just finished reading One Day by David Nicholls and I’m trying to process what I feel about the novel. There were many things that I disliked, but I was most definitely touched by the novel’s story. It held me there. It made me reflect on life, love, and regret. But I’m not quite ready to write a review. I need time to think about what what I feel… to process…

book-hangover-reading-funny-memesAs you can see, I’m having a book hangover.

But rather than keep processing my feelings, I decided to find book hangover memes that reflected the situation we readers often stumble into.

Do you suffer from book hangovers often?

- Ermisenda

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Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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The Maze Runner
Book 1

by James Dashner

genre: science fiction, dystopian, young adult

Completely by coincidence, Ermisenda and I have both been reading The Maze Runner. We didn’t realize it until she beat me to posting her review by three days. Though I could wait to post mine, she and I came away with very different opinions, so I hope you enjoy reading my take on the book as well. I’m going to see the movie this evening, so I will be posting that review on Friday.

Ermi, don’t you dare post yours on Wednesday. ;)

Synopsis from Goodreads

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

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__picture it & write

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I urge people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (provide a translation please :) ). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

Photograph by Steve Rosset titled 'Nature's Surprise'

Photograph by Steve Rosset titled ‘Nature’s Surprise’

“This will cure your mother’s ailment.” The doctor tore open the strange, red, prickly egg. Was this thing an egg, a flower, a fruit, an animal? The long, thin red hairs that covered it wriggled furiously. My uncertainty and disgust must have been plainly written on my face as the doctor assured me that, “This will work. Trust me.”

“She just has to eat the little red seeds?”

“Yes. They will taste a little bitter. Just do not eat the hairs. They are poisonous.”

I reached out hesitantly to take the fruit-thing. “Thank you.” The hairs tickled my hand and I nearly dropped it. Dropping it into my purse, I took out some coins to pay the doctor. When I placed the coins into the doctor’s hands, I noticed that the fruit had streaked my palms with red. I thought of my mother coughing up blood at home. Shivers ran down my spine.

“I assure you its her best chance. Do not worry,” the doctor said as she pocketed her coins.

“Okay,” I whispered. Trust the doctor. Just trust the doctor.

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Book Review: Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Maze Runner

by James Dashner

genre: dystopian, youg adult

A fantastic start, but the book fell flat towards the end. Find out why I gave it 3 out of 5 stars!

Summary

maze-runner-book-review(Taken from Goodreads)

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Review

This book is surrounded by hype. I decided to pick it up after seeing the movie trailer. The concept motivated me to read the book before I watched the movie. I still haven’t seen the movie, but I’d like to!

I found it hard to put down for about the first third of the novel. Nearly every chapter ended on an amazing cliff-hanger that kept you reading. I really enjoyed the no-fuss writing style with minimal description. It really helped drive the plot. But after the first third of the book, I felt things start to change. Maybe it’s because once you’re a third into the novel, you’re meant to feel invested in the characters, and I wasn’t. The main character, Thomas, is a Gary Stu. He’s just a conventional, good guy protagonist but he has no personality (because he doesn’t remember who he is). I think the end wouldn’t have fallen flat, or the ‘climax’ moments would have had more impact, if I cared about the characters. I think the author sacrificed character for plot and too much so. After sucking us into the story, he should have used the opportunity to make us care about the people we were reading about.

But I kept reading after the first third even though it started to become more ‘meh’ or average. I thought the world/concept was too cool not to know what was behind it all. I think people should read it if you feel like a decent dystopian YA book that isn’t immature and deals with some heavier themes. It could have been so much more though! This was a plot-driven novel with very little character. It started out as a 4-5 star and ended up being a 3.

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How well do you know your audience?

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I almost titled this Child Soldiers in Africa with Better Manners, a quote from The Mindy Project. Wasn’t sure how y’all would take it, which coincidentally is the topic of this post.

When you say something like “I know child soldiers in Africa with better manners!” people are going to feel something. You may be going for shock value, but you have to be ready for the repercussions. I could never make it as a comedian for I am much happier hiding behind the keyboard and would probably have second thoughts about any borderline jokes anyway.

Any writer, speaker, comedian, or presenter needs to understand the audience and adjust the content accordingly. How well do you know your audience?

-Eliabeth

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust… I guess that only applies to organic material. What happens to the rubble we mold from the earth? Some people think it needs to be buried in the ground or shot into space. What a waste! Do they not see the beauty of a broken down car in an Australian desert? It is a part of history. It tells a story. What happened to the driver? What is left in the glove compartment? Is there trash on the floor of the back seat? Is there a CD left in the player? One person’s trash is another’s treasure.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause.


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