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Officer’s Guide: Pushing it To Print

Most of us view this sort of writing as another creative avenue for us to relieve some stress, go on an adventure from the comforts of our home, or to meet new and interesting people. Some people might have different uses, such as honing their writing abilities, or sharpening their English skills in time for something bigger. Some of us enjoy writing our own books; enjoy making stories for all to enjoy. But the tricky part is… having all enjoy it. Publishing can be a bear of a task, but a little help is on the way.

In this article from The Writer’s Technology Companion, the ins and outs of the publishing business and how to bring your goal to fruition are laid out for understanding. Also the link to the actual text of So You Want to Write a Book? (O’Reilly Media) can be found here as well, bringing you to a wealth of information outlining the publishing process, how much you would expect to pay, legal issues, contracts and much more. Broken down into seven chapters, each section has specific information concerning all parts of the publishing process. This isn’t an end all be all solution to your publishing problem, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Push that book to print officer, just make sure you send me a copy…


Officer’s Guide: There They’re… No Need to Worry

So even when you’ve been writing for the longest time, and you’ve got your grammar down pat, there comes a time when that pesky “there”, or “their”, or even “they’re” words come into play. After writing a few sims in a row, you didn’t even realize it when you typed in the wrong usage; Or maybe you just don’t know the difference? Well here’s an article that should help you brush up a bit…

This article from theretheyretheir.com is extremely useful when it comes to learning the usage of the words for the first time, or even if you need some brushing up. There are interactive tests and quizzes to further hone your ability , as well as exercises and worksheets so that never again are you thwarted by the evil usage monster. Each usage of the word “their” or “there” etc, features a clear and concise meaning of the word along with its structure, and an example sentence using the word. On their website you can find links to other grammar and English writing lessons that can be a treasure trove for those who may not have English as a first choice for communication. No more toiling with the wrong definition, as this website makes it easy for you to understand this semi-confusing word!


Officer’s Guide: Tips From the Experts

This article has been making its way around the fleet as of late, but here it is to print. The people at Pixar have released some tips of the trade from a few of their best writers on how create some of the best stories around. Emma Coats will lead us through what she’s learned over the years from some of the brightest members of the Pixar writing force, with twenty-two basic story writing rules.

Making a thrilling story, or sim for that matter, can be a bear of a task. Tuning in to The Pixar Touch, a blog documenting the journey of Pixar writers as they conjure up some of the best ideas to give to the world, we can tap into some of the great success that their writer’s have received over the years. Taking the information right from it’s original book form, the article provides you with twenty-two “rules” that writers adhere to when going through the creative process. Take the time to explore the site a bit more and you’ll find other  links to articles that may be helpful in the long run, dealing with creativity and literature. Also there’s a link to the Blog Section for some further reading. Enjoy, and shake free of those limitations, officer!