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Thought Quotes Revamped

thought-quotesThoughts ever-growing database of quotes was recently revamped! The database currently houses over 600 categorized quotes written by authors, philosophers, and artists. The revamped site includes:

  • An improved search tool
  • Multiple navigation methods
  • Some fresh paint

There is also a form on the right side of the site where you can submit a quote to the database if you would like. Check it out @ Thought Quotes

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Thoughts Inc August News

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ticket25 Words or Less Contest Underway!
Topic: For this contest, write a free verse poem
(no rhyming) that is 25 words or less in length.
Submissions: 08/07/13 – 08/16/13
Voting Poll: 08/17/13 – 08/22/13
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7_line_writing_contest7 Line Contest Winners!!
The Seven Line Writing Contest has ended!

1st: To my dad- by Jamboree
2nd: The Spirit of the Trees- by Aj-anba
3rd: Wish for worse- by tudoricus

 

[column col="1/2"]Featured Writing

Masquerade-
by SerenaLantha 

How to Get a Black Eye at the Circus- 
by Killerelite

Slipping Away-
by Chohns

[/column][column col="1/2"]Monthly Writing Quotes

The golden rule of writing is to write what you care about. If you care about your topic, you’ll do your best writing, and then you stand the best chance of really touching a reader in some way. -Jerry Spinelli[/column]

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. -Plato

 

Call Me Melville- by Forgewright
moby-dick-illustrationAugust is a great month to be born. The amount of literary talent born into one of the hottest months of the year is huge and includes everyone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Mary Shelley. Herman Melville, author of the classic Moby Dick, was born August 1, 1819 in.. Read More

 

New Resource Launched
resourceThis summer we have been busy creating a new resource section that was just rolled out! The new resource was essentially created to house FAQs explaining Thoughts features as well as poetry and writing resources. One helpful feature that was added to the resource is a predictive search tool. Another feature is…. Read More

 

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Call Me Melville

moby-dick-illustrationAugust is a great month to be born. The amount of literary talent born into one of the hottest months of the year is huge and includes everyone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Mary Shelley. Herman Melville, author of the classic Moby Dick, was born August 1, 1819 in New York City. Well known for writing what is considered to be one of the greatest American novels ever written, there are many less known facts about him.

Born into a well to do, refined family, it became quickly evident that he did not fit in. His own father stated he was “backward in speech and somewhat slow in comprehension.” Sent out to sea as a cabin boy to earn money for his family after they were forced to file bankruptcy, he was unfulfilled with this position. Jumping ship with a friend, he was held for four months as captives by the cannibalistic Typee people in French Polynesia. He turned this experience into his first novel, Typee. This book brought him some success as a best seller but soon lost notoriety and he never recovered in his lifetime.

Melville worked diligently to write Moby Dick and was most likely thrilled when it was published in 1851. However, it proved to be a commercial failure thanks to the critics of the time.

“This is an ill-compounded mixture of romance and matter-of-fact,” wrote  the London Athenaeum.  “The idea of a connected and collected story has obviously visited and abandoned its writer again and again in the course of composition. The style of his tale is in places disfigured by mad (rather than bad) English; and its catastrophe is hastily, weakly, and obscurely managed.”

While he wanted to give public lectures on literature, this too was unsuccessful and needing to make ends meet, he became a customs inspector. This would remain his career until he retired.

Melville was all but forgotten by the literary world at the time of his death, but the 20th century Americans revived his works and Moby Dick is thought of as a masterpiece in world literature.

About The Author

Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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New Resource Launched

Hi everyone, this summer we have been busy creating a new resource section that was just rolled out!

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The new resource was essentially created to house FAQs explaining Thoughts features as well as poetry and writing resources. One helpful feature that was added to the resource is a predictive search tool. Another feature is a thumbs up and thumbs down rating system. There have only been a handful of posts added so far but more will be added soon. In addition, it is possible for anyone to contribute by locating the “add a resource post” link on the right bottom corner of the page. Check it out! Thoughts Resource

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Thoughts Inc Summer News

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The Masquerade Writing Contest Winners!

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 The Masquerade Writing Contest has concluded! Without further ado the winners of the Masquerade Writing Contest are:
1st: Masquerade Ball- by Night Sky Of Feelings 
2nd: Phoenix- by Aj-anba
3rd: Smoke- by stargazer5

 

7 Line Contest Voting Underway!

vote-buttonTopic: Open
Submissions: 06/14/13 – 07/03/13
Voting poll: 07/04/13 – 07/12/13
The Prizes:
1st= $60 Amazon.com giftcard
2nd= $30 Amazon.com giftcard
3rd= $20 Amazon.com giftcard
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Featured Writing

Oh, The Righteous
Indignation-

by forgewright

FaceBook Follies- 
by forgewright

Beginnings-
by Aj-anba

cyber-munks-
by c4a1g

Imagine Him in an
Hourglass-

by tlhopkinson

Monthly Writing Quotes

If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages. -Elaine Liner

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. -T.S. Eliot

 

Plagiarism- You be You, I’ll be Me. – by Forgewright

copyright-symbol-300x300Writing has rules. Your ability to understand and follow these rules will determine your accomplishments as a writer. Knowing how to structure what you are writing with proper spacing and punctuation as well as spelling may determine your level of professionalism, but Plagiarism will ruin your chances of being respected as a writer and can land you in serious trouble. Read More

 

Facts About Fiction – by Forgewright

benefits-to-reading-300x250Leisure reading has fallen as a popular activity with people over the last two years. New studies in Canada have shown several benefits to reading fiction, especially in children.

The University of Toronto has reported that two new studies they have conducted suggest that this may have negative repercussions on children and adults. The main focus is on the Soft Skills; the personal attributes that enhance a person’s individual interactions, job performance, habits and overall friendliness. These are directly equated with the Emotional Intelligence Quotient or “EQ”. Read More

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Plagiarism- You be You, I’ll be Me.

copyright-symbolWriting has rules. Your ability to understand and follow these rules will determine your accomplishments as a writer. Knowing how to structure what you are writing with proper spacing and punctuation as well as spelling may determine your level of professionalism, but Plagiarism will ruin your chances of being respected as a writer and can land you in serious trouble.

Our friends at Wikipedia describe plagiarism as “The wrongful appropriation and purloining and publication of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one’s original work.” Even this definition has references listed showing the Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary as their sources.

When we write a story we are hit with ideas to write about and work hard to properly structure the writing. It is also important to research our own ideas online to discover if the idea is our own original thoughts or are we remembering something we have read before. Using someone else’s work, even unintentionally, can lead to trouble especially if it had commercial value.

Singer and Songwriter Michael Bolton swam in hot water with his release of “Love is a Beautiful Thing” in 1991. The song had the same title as a song written by The Isley Brothers from 1966. The lyrics also had similarities, enough so that a jury found that Michael and the companies that produced the record were guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them to pay over 5 million dollars. Bolton admitted to being a fan of the Isley brothers but demanded that he had never heard the song. Intentional or not, Plagiarism is illegal.i

Drawing the line

When using another writer’s words we must give them the credit for their work. Let’s look at a couple of instances we can use as a guideline to determine if we have properly used material.

Common Knowledge: Let’s say you were writing a story about medieval times. We all know about knights and princesses as well as dragons. You could write about them all day long without a problem. However if you were to name your main character The King of Hearts and created similar characteristics as the famous King of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland then you might get a phone call wanting an explanation. True, you could use the name and create the character in a completely different way, but your readers would probably note the similarity and be unimpressed with your usage of it.

Copyrighted Material: This material is protected by law and cannot be used without the owner’s permission. If you contacted the owner of Alice in Wonderland and they agreed to give you permission to write a sequel or use the character then you can use the character in your story. Then include a copyright notice somewhere in your book that references the material you used.

Footnotes: When using another author’s articles to write your own you may want to quote them. You can immediately reference them as the author of the quote or use a reference tab which will take them to your footnotes at the bottom of the page and tell them the author there.ii

Original Work: This is the real meat and potatoes you need to know about when writing. How do you know your work is original?

If the information in this article were used for writing another article by an author it would be ethical for them to reference this information as the original work.

When you know that you have written material whether it is an article or a fictional story and it cannot be found anywhere else and is new or predates any other material then you know it is original.

Take them time to research your own writing to be sure that you are not remembering someone else’s work and that the dream you had last night that inspired that writing was really heaven sent.

References:

i This information was retrieved from an article by Jeff Gordinier in Entertainment Weekly entitled “Law is a Wonderful thing.”

ii I wrote this Sentence from general knowledge and have no one but myself to reference. Ain’t I quaint?

About The Author

Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

This article is for use by Thoughtsinc.net

 

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Facts About Fiction

benefits-to-readingLeisure reading has fallen as a popular activity with people over the last two years. New studies in Canada have shown several benefits to reading fiction, especially in children.

The University of Toronto has reported that two new studies they have conducted suggest that this may have negative repercussions on children and adults. The main focus is on the Soft Skills; the personal attributes that enhance a person’s individual interactions, job performance, habits and overall friendliness. These are directly equated with the Emotional Intelligence Quotient or “EQ”.

A leading author in the area of personal development, Maja Djikic, Ph.D. is the Director of Self-Development at the Rotman Shool of Management. She sites these findings as have a particular repercussion for our schools, noting a dangerous trend away from arts and soft skills.

[message_box color="red"]“The prejudice of adulthood that reading fiction is inferior seems to be finding its way straight into our schools,” said Djikic, a senior research associate at the University of Toronto. “You think it’s going to help students out there in real life (to emphasize quantifiable skills) when, in fact, nothing will help them more than being able to think well and understand other people.”[/message_box]

There are two main factors fiction can affect.

Increases Empathy

Cognitive Empathy or the ability to understand what another person is feeling is higher among frequent readers of fiction. People who are not curious or open to experience show a significant boost in empathy after reading only 6,000 words.

Lowers Anxiety

Reading fiction can lower the discomfort of ambiguity because the fictional chaos is not directly affecting us and we can be more accepting of it. The experiences in reading can prepare us emotionally for real life and the need for order lessens.

Our personal development is a lifelong process. So remember to eat right, get some rest, exercise and read some fiction.

To learn more about this subject visit: The Affects of Literature on Empathy by: Maja Djikic

About The Author

Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

This article is for use by Thoughtsinc.net

 

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Masquerade Contest Winners

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The Masquerade Writing Contest has concluded! Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote or voted in the contest. We would also like to thank all those who helped develop and fine-tune this new type of writing contest. This was the first of many masked writing contests to come! Without further ado the winners of the Masquerade Writing Contest are-

1st: Masquerade Ball- by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

2nd: Phoenix- by Aj-anba

3rd: Smoke- by stargazer5

Congratulations to the winners!! You will all be contacted with your prizes shortly and awarded a contest winner badge for our forum.

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