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2 You Gotta Dream Big

Fauzia Burke Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem

Part of the reason I love my job is because I help authors make their dreams come true, but those dreams don’t manifest instantly. Okay, they do for some—but those are the exceptions. To become a well-known and well-established professional author you have to be ready for the long haul, so adjust your expectations and remember that building an effective brand is a marathon, not a sprint.

This work is important, but it’s not easy or quick. There may be an investment of years before you see the results you want. Or the results may look quite different from the ones you initially set out to achieve.

For now let’s just explore this territory. The next step is to think of your dreams. Have fun with this list and check all that apply:

I sell a zillion copies of my book.

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Chapter 3 - Basic elements of language as evident in Sanskrit

Paul Douglas Shepheard-Walwyn ePub

Over the next few chapters attention is concentrated on how languages are constituted, with particular reference to the Sanskrit language, and how this may relate to Advaita. The constituents range from alphabets, through grammatically recognised parts of words, words themselves and different types of words, relationships between words, to sentences and finally to meaning.

Modern linguistics, the study of language, addresses all these matters, grouped into three subjects, which themselves each divide into two. It may help to identify what these subjects are called. The three subjects concern sound, structure and meaning, which relate to pronunciation, grammar and semantics respectively. The study of pronunciation divides into phonetics and phonology. Phonetics is the science of speech sounds, especially of their production, transmission and reception, while phonology addresses how sounds are organised to convey words and meaning. The study of grammar divides into morphology and syntax. Morphology relates to word formation and is the study of the smallest meaningful unit of grammar, a morpheme, while syntax relates to word combination and the formation and structure of sentences. The study of semantics divides into lexicology, which addresses vocabulary, and into the analysis of text or discourse.

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Usage: Formal and Informal English

Emily Hutchinson Saddleback Educational Publishing PDF

Basic Skills Practice

Usage: Formal and Informal English

Just as your choice of clothing varies depending on the situation, so can your speech and writing. Depending on your audience and purpose, you decide whether to use informal English or formal English. What is the difference? The everyday language you use when speaking is informal English. In informal writing, you can use contractions and slang, although you must still follow the standard rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Informal English is appropriate for writing dialogue, stories, personal essays, poems, letters to friends, and journal entries. Here is an example of informal English:

I’ve never seen fans so crazy about their team. They couldn’t sit still! It was fun to see them all psyched up about every play. ormal English is best used for serious purposes. These include essays, newspaper

F articles, formal reports, letters of application, speeches, and most school assignments.

Here is an example of formal English:

The first time a hot-air balloon took to the air with passengers was in 1783.

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Then the Walls Closed In: The Virginian-Pilot / By Sarah Kleiner Varble

Gayle Reaves, Editor UNT Press PDF

Then the Walls Closed In

The Virginian-Pilot

June 29, 2014

By Sarah Kleiner Varble

Part 1 of 4

Patrick Ryan arrived home from work one day to find his wife glaring at him over the second-floor banister.

Their month-old daughter was stripped to her diaper.

“Something's wrong with the air conditioner,” his wife yelled. “It's

85 degrees up here.”

It was August 2006, and Jennifer Ryan was on maternity leave with their firstborn. Patrick was puzzled. The unit in their new house in Isle of Wight County was only 3 months old.

A couple of years later in Virginia Beach, Liz and Steve Heischober were having a different kind of trouble.

Liz used to stay up until midnight, but she had begun drifting off to sleep after dinner. Her doctors couldn't explain her fatigue.


Best American Newspaper Narratives, Vol. 3

Night after night, as his wife slept in her chair, Steve gave her a nudge and said he was going up to bed. Sometimes, he'd come downstairs hours later and find that she hadn't budged.

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12. Your Natural Style and Its Consequences

John K. DiTiberio Karnac Books ePub


The idea that individuals have a kind of natural style of communicating, a way that seems related to their personality type, is not new. Over two thousand years ago, Aristotle described how the speaker’s personality enters the speech and how that “character” in the text affects the listener’s willingness to believe or doubt the speaker. Today, writing specialists often encourage people to find their “voice” as they write. This metaphor suggests that the author, when he or she is writing well, breathes life into the text.

In this chapter, we will refer to this distinctive character or voice that enters your text as your natural style. Jung’s type theory can help you recognize how your personality is connected to the strengths of your style.

In order to explore your natural style or voice, we would like you now to write a page or two about a specific set of observations you will make. Take a notebook with you to a local park or other outdoor place, find a comfortable place to sit for ten or fifteen minutes, and take notes on what you observe. Then write a narrative describing what you noticed.

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