28. Just assume everyone has a weird fetish they’d like to keep secret.

Tom McAllister, “107 Ironclad Rules for Writers Who Want to Be Better at Writing.”

I had a difficult time choosing just one, so click through.

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OH MY GOD

I CLICKED THROUGH TO THE LIST

THIS IS THE ACTUAL BEST

THE. ACTUAL. BEST.

IT IS THE ONLY WRITING ADVICE YOU SHOULD EVER READ.

AND IF YOU’VE READ OTHER WRITING ADVICE YOU KNOW WHY ALL THIS IS PERF AND TRUE AND SHOULD BE ON YOUR WALL.

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Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.

ANDRE DUBUS (via kadrey)

I’m on year eight (of seriously pursuing publication) and I still need this reminder sometimes. Thanks, Mette.

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So many young writers have asked me for advice on publication lately. Here it is: don’t give up. Write a little every day. Don’t be in such a rush to publish that you don’t take the time to develop and sharpen your skills. And, again, don’t give up.

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WAM Post #2:

Here is a commercial that I saw the other day on TV.  I found it particularly funny as well as true.  Some commercials these days really are pointless in their advertising.  This commercial is for U by Kotex making fun of their competition who use the typical advertising for pads/tampons.  I think that the ultimate goal of this commercial is to make those women who aren’t already aware that they shouldn’t just trust a commercial for what they are advertising, but they should try out the product for themselves and see if they like it or not and whether it works for them at all.  It’s clever and funny, I think Kotex did a good job on this commercial.

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When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty. The world teaches you that the way you exist in it is disgusting — you watch boys cringe backward in your dorm room when you talk about your period, blue water pretending to be blood in a maxi pad commercial. It is little things, and it is constant. In a food court in a mall, after you go to the gynecologist for the first time, you and your friend talk about how much it hurts, and over her shoulder you watch two boys your age turn to look at you and wrinkle their noses: the reality of your life is impolite to talk about. The world says that you don’t have a right to the space you occupy, any place with men in it is not yours, you and your body exist only as far as what men want to do with it. At fifteen, you find fifteen-year-old boys you have never met somehow believe you should bend your body to their will. At almost thirty, you find fifteen-year-old boys you have never met still somehow believe you should bend your body to their will. They are children. They are children.

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WAM Post #1

Response to Jody Shipka’s: “Sound Engineering: Toward a theory of multimodal soundness”.

Both with a class like Shipka’s or this WAM class I think it seek to accomplish giving its students the tools and resources to communicate efficiently and comfortably through social media platforms while emphasizing their own creativity that might be unique to certain platforms.  I think that students are being asked to be innovative in how they compose their response to a given task.  Skills needed, developed, or refined would be any dealing with being proficient with various printed text/media platforms.  The responsibilities that I see myself having in this class are the four that Shipka mentioned on page 358-359 (or pages 4 and 5).  That being how a student accomplishes a task through any form of printed text, learning the process in generating a product or “multipart event” (page 358/4), determining the resources or technologies that could be needed in completing a product, and finally determining which is the best printed text/media platform to display a product on.  Personally, I want to accomplish just becoming more comfortable with communicating through different forms of printed text/media and thinking more critically about why I am choosing to compose something on that platform and not somewhere else,  I also want to be able to determine if the product I am looking to put onto a particular platform is even appropriate for that platform, why I am posting it in the first place, and how I can make the product unique to me and stand out among similar products.

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Writing Across Media

Hey guys, so for the Fall 2013 semester I will be using this blog to make posts for my Writing Across Media class.  I’ll continue to reblog and like things as I always have, but my school work will be added into it.

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