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Writing

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

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Smart idea. With MasterClass, students can be taught by the top professional in their respective fields. A bit pricey but I am interested in seeing how far this goes!

Contributed by Taylor Taglianetti

Female writers tend to die

When studying the lives of female writers and artists, it is easy to find that a sort of germ plagues them, driving them to madness—as defined by the public. Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th century English writer, attempted suicide twice (and would have succeeded if no one saved her). After her many assertions about less female reliance on men, she ironically attempted suicide because of her attachment to her husband. However, Wollstonecraft is in no way a weak woman. Her literary works exemplify a strong, sonorous voice that could not have been summoned from a spineless woman. Thus, one has to question, was Wollstonecraft just another victim to the female psyche?

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

Writing grief for those of us who haven't been through anything debilitating can be really difficult, but this is a really awesome guide on it.

Contributed by Kaitlyn Brielle

Hemingway is a free, online writing check that I discovered on Tumblr. You copy and paste your writing into the text box, and it will check your spelling, tells you if you have too many adverbs or if your sentences are hard to read, shows you if you're using the passive voice, and gives you an overall grade level for how readable your writing is. I've been using this for my scholarship essays, and it's honestly been helping me out a ton. I highly recommend it, and hope it helps some of you as well.

Contributed by Alyssa Marchon

Not an "official" list, but some of these are quite dulcet. It never hurts to work on expanding one's vocabulary, especially if you're a writer.

Contributed by Faith Marie Bynum

This discusses the practical differences and different writers' preferences. Which do you use?

Contributed by Tori Griffin

40 Awful Writing Prompts

Please don't use these. Please. But read them. They're funny.

Contributed by Tori Griffin

Several of these are things I've done in the past and corrected. Some are things I need to work on now. Very helpful.

Contributed by Tori Griffin

Writers talking about writing, why they write, how they feel about their work.

Contributed by Tori Griffin

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