Archive for January, 2010

Writer’s Block

January 30, 2010  |  Note-Taking  |  14 Comments

Unfortunately we all know what writer’s block is and how painful it can be but is there a way to overcome it?

First of all, let’s try to define the word to get a feel for it. Writer’s block is a condition in which an author momentarily loses the ability to produce new work. This condition varies widely in intensity, sometimes it lasts for a few seconds/minutes and other times it can last for months.

There are many different ways to overcome writers block, below I will mention some that I find very useful. Remember that, although it may be difficult at the moment to get anything down on paper, if you have patience and keep trying eventually it usually starts to flow.

6 Words That Eliminate Writers Block

What are these six words you ask? Before I reveal them, let me introduce the man who came up with the neat little formula we’re about to learn.

His name was Rudyard Kipling and is regarded as a main innovator in the art of the short story. During his lifetime he wrote this powerful, yet concise poem describing these 6 amazing words:

“I keep six faithful serving men
Who teach me well and true
Their names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who.”

If you ever get stuck while writing, always think of those 6 words:

Blue Arrow What: What am I writing about? What will be included? What type of content is relevant and so forth.

Blue Arrow Where: Where does this take place? Where can I collect the information needed and so forth

Blue Arrow When: When does it take place? When will I be finished and so forth…

Blue Arrow How: How did this happen? How can I collect more information on the subject and so forth…

Blue Arrow Why: Why did this happen? Why should I have to do it in this manner, can’t I do it in this matter instead?…

Blue Arrow Who: Who was responsible for this? Who can I talk to in order to get more info and so forth…

Movement is good

What’s really stopping you from writing is usually the movement it self and not so often the lack of ideas. This means that, as long as you keep on moving that pen (or keep on pressing those keys) you won’t (hopefully) face any writers block! For instance, you might start out your story in this manner:

“I had just opened the door when all of a sudden yada yada so I called out in fear yadayda” The yada yada represents the block and instead of just stopping completely you should write yada yada instead. Remember, you’re writing a draft so nothing says it has to be perfect. It’s the end result that matters anyway, right? When you feel that you’re finished, just go back and revise it. It’s as simple as that.

Write With Passion

What I am about to reveal to you is so chocking it could give your English teacher a heart attack! 🙂 Here it goes: You should always (momentarily) FORGET about grammar when starting on a novel/essay and just focus on writing. Write with passion, write with insight, write as if your life depended on it!

Turn Off The Inner Editor!

Have you ever noticed that your writing is the most intense when it comes naturally without any external compulsion? Why is it so? I really don’t know, all that matters is the fact that it works like this and that you should write in this matter.

Yes, grammar are is important but you’re not writing in stone which means that you can always go back later and edit your material. The important thing is; just write and let your passion splash all over your draft.

This Weeks Quote #5

January 28, 2010  |  Education Quotes  |  3 Comments

It’s time again for another (hopefully) inspiring educational quote. Today, the quote comes from a clinical psychiatrist who studied, lectured, and wrote about the connections between neurobiology and psychoanalytical concept. Read More

Maxima

January 24, 2010  |  Free Math Software  |  No Comments

Maxima works by manipulating symbolic & numerical expressions, such differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, linear equations, polynomials, as well as sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors.

Maxima can yield high precision numeric results by using exact fractions, integers of arbitrary precision, as well as variable precision floating point numbers. With maxima you can plot functions and data in both two and three dimensions which makes it perfect for plotting graphs.

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Math Test Creator

January 22, 2010  |  Free Math Software  |  2 Comments

This program is intended for math teachers (but one could also use it to test oneself) teaching elementary kids. Math Test Creator generates math exams along with answer sheets. These tests are meant to be taken by students in 1st to the 7th grade. Read More

Data Pilot

January 17, 2010  |  Free Math Software  |  No Comments

Data Pilot expands the available data analysis options in Microsoft Excel with statistical methods that are nonparametric in nature. The methods that are used in Data Pilot provides the most relevant results, even with a small number of samples, without making any assumptions on the distribution of the original sample. Read More