Roxanne’s 10 Rules of Writing

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From Teachapaloooza14 at The Poynter Institute:

  1. 95 percent of writing is thinking.
  2. Make the first 6-8 words count
  3. Eliminate marshmallow words; “there is”; very. Switch from honey boo boo writing to World Cup writing.
  4. Beware of the curse of knowledge; eliminate assumptions of what people may know about your story.
  5. If it sounds wrong and it looks wrong, it probably is – change it.
  6. Don’t be a creepy date;  if something isn’t working, let it go.
  7. Verbs are your BFFs; informs readers about your characters.
  8. “Things” belong in horror movies.
  9. Love your grandmother; you can’t love anything else.
  10. Punctuation is not about feelings; understand where they belong; you’re allowed one exclamation point in your life.

What’s in a name?

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What should I call you?

Simple enough question, right?

But here are many options (and much discussion) as to how to address a professor:  Doctor; professor; Mr., Mrs.,, Ms., Miss; or…first name.

The first name issue has been kicking around for a while, with many ‘traditional’ professors objecting to students addressing them by their first name.  I came across this flowchart via Twitter today.  It raises some interesting issues, including different standards for graduate and undergraduate students.

For me, titles are nothing more than that.  If it’s respect that you want in the classroom, you earn that through your actions, not through some title.  I pursue collaboration between teacher and student in the classroom and that can lead to some informality.  Yet, I know that many are concerned by the growth of such informality.

So, is it Ok to use first names?