Passive and Active voice are writing ‘choices’ related to the conjugation of verbs. When something is done in ‘passive voice’ it is an action performed on one thing by another, and described as such: the subject is passive, and another ‘force’ is acting upon it. In an ‘active voice’, it is the opposite.
A topic that comes up in fiction and non-fiction writing!
Transition words are an effective way of telling readers what kind of information you are relating to them, usually either in relation to previous/following information, or just a description of what kind of information it is. Continue reading
Previously, I gave a few tips on how to make two characters associated with one another using writing style. Now I’ll tell you how to make this happen using the ‘action’ part of the ‘show don’t tell’ rule. This goes hand in hand with the stylistic way, and really, the bulk of the representation of the relationship should be through actions. So I will also be giving a few tips on building/developing the relationship between two characters, because that’s such a similar subject. Continue reading
In a story, you might want to convey the closeness of two characters, but you might find yourself having a hard time doing so with the ‘show, don’t tell’ rule. You don’t want to endlessly repeat “they are friends, they are always together, they are super close” (even “they are a couple” or “they are in love with each other” in romantic cases) without having any evidence to back it up other than saying it. That is simply bad writing. So how do you convey that they are the Tom to the other’s Jerry, the rose to the other’s thorns? One way of doing so is through action, but there are also ways of doing so subtly with words. I will be starting this with the method using words. (Mind you, it works better if action methods and word methods are used together: in fact, the majority should be action/behavior, and words should be a bonus.)
Basically: how to mess up the reader’s subconscious and make them always associate one character with another, using words.
What is this post about, and why are you even writing this?
It is about the Oxford comma. The Oxford comma is simply one of those things I can’t believe certain people don’t use in their writing unless specified. To me, before I even knew there was a name for it, or that its usage was debated, it was always something that made sense, something that incontestable and I basically took it for granted because it was so logical to me. Whenever I read something where the Oxford comma was missing, I just laughed and thought “Well, writers and editors are just as human as we are, and we all make mistakes!” How wrong I was. I was shocked when I found that certain people omitted for purposes other than wordplay and jokes.
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For my third genius hour project, I have to do something which will help people in some way. I had a serious dilemma as to what to do, but in the end I decided to use this blog to post different tips I have for particular subjects (such as writing). In fact, I expect most of my tips to be about writing; although I am not the best writer, I do have some ideas that might be worth sharing. I welcome any feedback to these posts, and I hope a few people might write me a few tips of their own through the comments!
Current posts made:
1. The Oxford Comma: I discuss what the Oxford comma is, and why it should be used.
2. Association of Characters Part I and II: I write about different ways to make readers associate one character with another. Part I is mostly doing so using stylistic choices (repetition, description, parallelism) and Part II is how to show it in the action.
3. Transition Words: I explain what transition words and phrases are, and why they are used.
4. Active and Passive Voice: I explain active and passive voices.
Recently, we have completed and presented our second Genius Hour projects. The topic I chose was art (visual arts such as painting, drawing, etc.), though in the context of the presentation I decided to narrow it down and talk about art materials. I chose art because it is something I love to see as well as make; looking at other people’s art and the way it was made is very interesting to me.
At first, I mostly watched videos of people drawing -streams, speedpaints, etc. When I decided to research the materials specifically, I first researched what materials (more specifically ‘mediums’) were considered important or common/popular. Then, I just took a few of those mediums and did further research on them on websites for art tutorials, reviews, and the websites of places that sold these materials. Here is the actual presentation. Continue reading
Media is a very important part of life, especially in today’s society. Media influences the way we think, as well as the way we view ourselves and others; it even influences the way we view media! Media can be many things: books, videos, television, movies… Lately, in Digital citizenship, we have been analyzing different examples on media: their bias, how to find evidence of the bias, the way they try to influence our opinion (what are they showing us?), etc. We learned a lot about the impact of Media on culture, gender, the economy, and ourselves. So what is the impact? Continue reading
For my Twitter Project, I decided to contact and follow people who were artists (mostly digital) and ask them some questions. My Second Genius Hour project is about art, so I wanted more background knowledge about it, and I wanted to find out more about artists as well as art, so I asked a few different questions. At first, I had a hard time finding them for some reason, perhaps I was being not being thorough enough in my search! But in the end, after expanding my range a bit, I found a few artists I liked, and when I found a few, I found many more – they also followed other artists.
I mostly followed artists I found on twitter whose art I liked:
- Shilin (@Okolnir): I liked their art, and I’d read one of their comics
- tiffanyford (@ttofany): the art was a little different from the other people I followed, more simple looking, and I wanted some variety!
- Vivian Ng (@VViiNNG):
- Qingyang (Anne) Liu (@QingyangLiu)
- doraechoo (@chootalks)
- Lou Palomar (@louuquorice): An artist who does pixel art
- DestinyBlue (@DestinyBlueArt)
- Kane (@Kanekiru)
- Cyarin (@Cyarine)
- vio☆ (@_violac)
- Laura Lewis (@lorhsdraws)
- DonaldRobertson (@drawbertson): An artist my mother follows on Instagram, I like his art and videos, so I followed him on twitter.
- DON (@donnxox): I saw one of their works ‘a dead calm’ on another artist’s twitter, and I liked their other art.
- 드림팩토리 그림공부봇 (@DF_drawing)
- Jane Bak (@itindra): I first saw Jane Bak’s drawings of nature, and I liked them so much I looked on their twitter, and there was a lot of other really good art.
I was very happy when she answered me only around a few hours later. This was her response:
(Here is a link to the account, the question and answer is there)
I asked Laura Lewis (@lorhsdraws):
“Um, may I ask a few questions for a school project:
When did you start drawing?
What is your favorite medium for art?
What do you think has influenced your art?
Thank you if you take the time to answer this; I really like your art, it has a soft but upbeat and cheerful feeling to it!”
I asked Shilin (@Okolnir):
@Okolnir Hello, could I ask a few questions for a school project about art? I really like your art and comics, and would be very thankful!”
I asked tiffanyford (@ttofany):
@ttoffany Hello, I like your short comics, they’re very funny and relatable! Could I ask some questions about your art (it’s for school)?”
I asked Vivian Ng (@VViiNNG):
@VViiNNG Hello, I liked the art you did for Ladies of Literature, and for Pepper Breath Zine! Could I ask questions about art (for school)?”
I asked Qingyang (Anne) Liu (@Qingyangliu):
@QingyangLiu Hi, 新年快乐！Your tutorial for painting photos was very interesting! Could I ask a few questions about art? (school project ^^)”
I asked Doraechoo (@chootalks):
@chootalks Hello, I really like your work, could I ask how you choose color palettes? I have a school project, and I would like some advice.”
I asked DestinyBlue (@DestinyBlueArt):
@DestinyBlueArt I saw your art on DA, and would like to ask a few questions (for school), if that is okay with you?”
I asked Donald Robertson (@drawbertson):
@drawbertson Hello, I saw your work on Instagram too! Could I ask you some questions about your art (it is for a school project)? Thank you”
I asked DON (@donnxox):
@donnxox 그림이 너무 좋아요, 특히 ‘a dead calm’… 저도 그림 공부 중인데 몇 가지 여쭤봐도 될까요?”
I asked Jane Bak (@intindra):
@intindra Hello, I am doing a project for school about art. May I ask a few questions about your drawings?”
In the end, I got four answers:
First from Laura Lewis. I actually asked one her Ask (ask.fm) account, since she said people should post questions there, and I signed in using my twitter.
I was very happy when she answered me only around a few hours later. This was her response:
“I started drawing as early as I can remember, it’s always something I’ve liked to do ever since I could hold a crayon, really. My favorite medium changes all the time but this month I’ve been super into digital art (I use photoshop for all my digital work), as well as painting with gouache and watercolor when I find the time.
my biggest influence: the Internet. for sure. It’s such an amazing tool and it’s great to see so many talented creators making cool things all the time, it’s a constant source of inspiration.
oh thanks! I’m glad you like my art!”
(Here is a link to her Ask, the question and answer is there)
Jane Bak (@itindra) also answered quite fast:
“@heloiseisd19 Sure, ask away”
Shilin (@Okolnir) also answered:
@heloiseisd19 hi! sorry I don’t do these anymore because I don’t have time, I get asked a lot and it’s usually the same questions ):”
And DON (@donnxox) too:
@heloiseisd19 네 어떤 것을..?”
I answered them and asked questions (similar to the ones I asked Laura Lewis, although some were more oriented towards their art itself), and was glad to get responses!
This project taught me about art, and it also taught me how to contact someone on Twitter without sounding too much like a spam robot. In the future, I could ask these people (and many others) through social media when I have questions (about art or another subject). Even if not everyone answers, some people will, and an expert’s opinion is valued information!
In Digital Citizenship we have had the time to explore our interests during a time called ‘Genius Hour’. During this time, we can work on a project of our choice, whether it be learning a language or researching a topic. Continue reading