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Bookmarks tagged with “writing”

132 bookmarks by garrettc


All about movies

Movie plots rewritten using the Up-Goer Five XKCD text editor.

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The Up-Goer Five Text Editor

"Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words? It's not very easy."

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Markdoc | A powerful, flexible, Markdown-based authoring framework

"Markdoc is a Markdown-based syntax and toolchain for creating custom documentation sites from Stripe."

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the html review

"The html review is an annual journal of literature made to exist on the web"

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Damon Young: A letter to that man who emailed to correct my grammar - The Washington Post

"I’m better at this than you are at everything you do."

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April Cools' Club

The idea is pretty simple: on April Fools' Day (also known as “April 1st”), a participant produces genuine content that's very different from their normal produced content. It could be a different format, a different topic, a different style, anything.

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What makes writing more readable?

"An examination of translating text to make it as accessible as possible."

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Yarn Spinner

The friendly tool for writing game dialogue.

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15 rules for blogging, and my current streak

Matt Webb's guide to getting things out of your head.

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TV Writing - Bibles

Show bibles (world and writing guides) for Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Farscape, Star Trek and more.

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Writing tool that uses mind maps.

The writing tool that helps you produce text documents quickly and easily using mind maps. App available on macOS, Windows PCs and iPad.

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Diátaxis document framework

The Diátaxis framework aims to solve the problem of structure in technical documentation. It adopts a systematic approach to understanding the needs of documentation users in their cycle of interaction with a product.

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The documentation system

"There is a secret that needs to be understood in order to write good software documentation: there isn’t one thing called documentation, there are four. They are: tutorials, how-to guides, technical reference and explanation. They represent four different purposes or functions, and require four different approaches to their creation. Understanding the implications of this will help improve most documentation - often immensely."

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Law Professor Skillfully Handles a “Black Lives Matter” Complaint From Her Students

"For the curious and open-minded, many explanations of what “Black Lives Matter” means and what it doesn’t (e.g. White lives don’t matter) are readily available online. But in terms of pure clarity, it’s hard to beat what Whittier Law School professor Patricia Leary wrote in response to a letter sent to her by an anonymous group of students in 2016."

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If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode

"Archie Bunker would prefer you stand six miles from him. Sawyer from Lost will probably face criminal charges for hoarding and reselling precious items. Elmo is playing musical chairs with his parents."

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inkle

Open source interactive text adventure game creator

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Tone of Voice

Monzo is a bank that makes life easier, not harder.

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alex: Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing

"Whether your own or someone else’s writing, alex helps you find gender favouring, polarising, race related, religion inconsiderate, or other unequal phrasing."

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Marketing Copywriting: A Guide

The ability to craft quality copy is a core competency for marketers everywhere, yet across nearly all industries, bad copy continues to prevail. This guide was written as a countermeasure for all…

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The World’s Writing Systems

"This web site presents one glyph for each of the world’s writing systems. It is the first step of the Missing Scripts Project , a long-term initiative that aims to identify writing systems which are not yet encoded in the Unicode standard. As of today, there are still 146 scripts not yet encoded in Unicode."

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Vellum

Create beautiful books with Vellum software for macOS

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IFComp 2018

The Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (IFComp) welcomes all kinds of text-driven digital stories and games, making them freely available in order to encourage the creation, play, and discussion of interactive fiction.

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Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.

"A new tool that blends your everyday work apps into one. It's the all-in-one workspace for you and your team"

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The Open Notebook

“The Open Notebook is a website dedicated to the art of science writing. Although the ostensible audience is science writers, the site is also a treasure trove for readers who love science writing. It features interviews with authors of prominent pieces about their process in writing the piece, profiles of days in the life of science writers, discussions of the elements of science writing craft including annotated breakdowns of award-winning stories analyzing how they work, and more.”

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Focused | Codebots

Markdown editor

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Aeon Timeline

Timeline software for creative writing.

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Words To Avoid in Educational Writing

"I'm no English major, but as a writer and consumer of loads of educational (mostly tech) writing, I've come to notice a number of words and phrases that come up fairly often and don't add anything to the writing. In fact, they might detract from it. This started as a Twitter discussion so I thought I'd write it up."

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Untold AI: Tone over time

"When we begin to look at AI stories over time, as we did in the prior post and will continue in this one, one of the basic changes we can track is how the stories seem to want us to feel about AI, or their tone. Are they more positive about AI, more negative, or neutral/balanced?"

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Voyages in sentence space

"Imagine a sentence. “I went looking for adventure.” Imagine another one. “I never returned.” Now imagine a sentence gradient between them—not a story, but a smooth interpolation of meaning."

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Storyframes before wireframes

"Browsing a well-crafted interface is like reading a great story. As designers, why are we not incorporating screenwriting techniques more often into our process?"

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Alex: Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing

Whether your own or someone else’s writing, alex helps you find gender favouring, polarising, race related, religion inconsiderate, or other unequal phrasing.

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What nobody tells you about documentation - Blog - Divio

"There is a secret that needs to be understood in order to write good software documentation: there isn’t one thing called documentation, there are four. They are: tutorials, how-to guides, discussions and technical reference. They represent four different purposes or functions, and require four different approaches to their creation. Understanding the implications of this will help improve most software documentation - often immensely."

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Teller Reveals His Secrets

The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller writes about how magicians manipulate the human mind

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Transcribe - online transcription and dictation software

Transcribe saves thousands of hours every month in transcription time for journalists, lawyers and students all over the world.

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Pixar in a Box

"Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar."

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How (and why) to write good documentation

Patience and empathy are the basis of good documentation, much as they are the basis for being a decent person. Here's a how-to for creating better open source project docs, which can help your users and grow your community.

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Take the Time to Use Fewer Words

If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need it explained to them.

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Find the Right Words - Words To Use

Can't think of the right word? Here you'll find subjects divided by parts of speech so that you can simply browse words to describe products, colors, sex, birthday greetings, card messages, and so much more.

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Textio: Hire smarter.

Boost your hiring performance by every metric that matters: Textio users recruit better qualified, more diverse talent—and they get it done faster.

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