Continued from last week’s article. If you don’t feel like scrolling back, just see this as a “pick a quote and get a tragedy” game. Or free therapy. Or the opposite of that.
Spoiler Warning for Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
Content Warning: This article discusses murder and sexual assault, but not explicitly. The novel does not describe the assault in detail but uses vague flashbacks, however other themes are described explicitly like murder, blood, transphobic bullying(not excused by the narrative), and a suicide attempt.
“We’re magic. I can feel it right now in the dark. We’re invisible when we need to be and then so firework-bright no one can look away. We’re patience and brilliance. We never forget. We never forgive.”
— Jade Khanjara, Foul is Fair
Remember when as a kid, you looked out at the world, it seemed to be filled with wonders, and magic was always lurking somewhere around the corner. You were able to find joy in the simplest of things but not anymore. Now, as an adult, life seems so boring, and you barely even have time to slow down and enjoy life. And this is often reflected in the media we consume which is packed with grandiose and flashy elements to help us escape our boring lives.
“Do not use semicolons,” Kurt Vonnegut once said, “They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they show is that you’ve been to college.”
Vonnegut is not the only one with this hatred for semicolons. Throughout the years, several famous authors, writers, and readers, have expressed their feelings about this mark. In Semicolon, Cecilia Watson takes all that hate people have collected, and crafts a brilliant narrative about the semicolon — and why it should be loved.
Look, I know you love to write. I do, too. Maybe, you spend hours crafting characters, writing novels, and outlining masterpieces. But here’s the thing: without clear and concise prose, all that hard work will never be conveyed to your Reader.
Faulty grammar and syntax can lose your credibility as a writer. Whether you’re writing a novel, short story, or nonfiction piece, you’ve got something in your piece worth reading. But if your writing is muddled and convoluted, your Reader won’t go on long enough to find out. Below are 13 deadly grammar and syntax sins that can kill your prose. Don’t read this article expecting to instantly master every sin, instead, try and be aware of the knife in your hands. Your prose will thank you — and so will your Readers.
I started off my writing journey with prose, only starting to write plays when I had to for a class. I found it nearly impossible at first, since I was so used to being able to convey messages through prose and through dialogue, writing scripts felt like writing with one hand behind my back. Though it took me a while (and many failed drafts) to get the hang of it, script writing has become one of my favorite mediums. I thought that I would share some of the tips that have helped me along in my journey into scriptwriting. These tips work if you’re writing for stage, screen, or even podcasts!
If there’s anything anyone should know about me, it’s that I hate spoilers. Over the years this hatred has increased to the point where I rarely read the blurbs of books or the descriptions of movies because I want everything to be a surprise. I don’t want to know what happens at the end of a story before I read it because that takes the fun and anticipation out of it. After all, what’s enjoyable about watching the inevitable unfold? If I know what is going to happen, why would I even bother with the story? I’ve already been robbed of the experience of guessing and waiting to see what happens, so I have nothing to gain from reading it…or so I thought.
An interview with Farheen Ahsan, winner of the Poetry category in the Myths and Legends Contest.
Quick disclaimer: School’s education systems and the books assigned to each grade vary hugely, for they depend on a wide range of factors — countries, curriculums, the school’s priorities, etc. Sadly, getting books and education is still a privilege. However, there are things the system can change for students to have a better overall experience.
Let us face it: school systems are old. I could go on and on about how, as they aren’t updated, they are causing much more harm to students than people want to admit. And with school comes mandatory reading, so the books chosen become tales as old as time. There are thousands of children and teens out there who gave up on reading because they were forced to do so, and will never find out what it feels like to get invested in stories and live the most wonderful adventures.
Comics consist of words and images placed together within a frame. They exist in the same space, fleshing out the world of the comic and illustrating action, either through what we read in the text or what we see in the icons. While existing in the same plane, the way these two comic components interact can complement one another to achieve something neither could accomplish on their own.