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Jul
18
Frank Ball
Spellcheck
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Spellcheck is a wonderful aid—until wee bee come two depend ant on it, thinking it will find the saturations when we leaf out a word or have a wrung word.

To read Martha Snow’s wonderful poem, “Ode to the Spell Checker,” illustrating the danger, Click Here.

Jul
11
Frank Ball
Dialogue
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A monologue is only one person speaking. Dialogue refers to a conversation between two or more people. The differences between our characters should be made obvious by each one’s unique expression, tone, and word choice.
  Brian Hull contrasts the differences between Disney characters.

Jul
4
Frank Ball
The First Fourth of July
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Writing could not have been more important than the days when Thomas Jefferson wrote powerful words to establish a nation independent from Great Britain.
  In Liberty’s Kids episode thirteen of season one, James and Sarah witness the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
  The twenty-minute video is worth the time to remind us of the power of words.

Jun
27
Frank Ball
In Other Words
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Words won’t directly translate to another language, because so much of our understanding is derived from the context, not the words themselves. In translation, “let it go” can become “give up,” which isn’t the same.
  This is why it’s so important to know and use the language of our audience.

Jun
20
Frank Ball
Learning to Dance
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We watch others, and then we work out the steps for ourselves.
  If we want to write well, we read and study what words work well and what could have been written better. Then we apply what we’ve learned in our own effort. This is what we call “apprentice training,” one of the best ways to grow our skills.
  William Stokkebroe was only two years old when he wowed the crowd with his dance steps to “Jailhouse Rock.”

Jun
13
Frank Ball
Got Talent
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What we call “talent” is often a result of countless hours of hard work.
  Choi Sung Bong lived on the street in South Korea for ten years. At the age of fourteen, he heard a vocalist at a nightclub where he was selling chewing gum and wanted to learn music, but how? Rejected by music teachers, he refused to give up. He learned what he could in an Internet café, and finally found a teacher who would work with him.
  He finished second in Korea’s Got Talent competition in 2012.

Jun
6
Frank Ball
Message and Music
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The “Cups”song became popular in the film Pitch Perfect, sung by Anna Kendrick. For a YouTube clip to be viewed more 100 million times, both the message and the music must resonate with a lot of people.
  We love the beat, with cups, not drums. And we would like to believe that when we’re gone, we’ll be missed.

Irish students show how this message and music has been heard around the world.

May
30
Frank Ball
Graduation
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In 2012, comedy musicians Rhett and Link were invited to speak at the graduation ceremony at their former high school in North Carolina. Of course, they had to sing one of their songs, which has been viewed a million times.

 

May
23
Frank Ball
My Favorite Things
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Some of us are old enough to remember the movie The Sound of Music and the wonderful lyrics sung by Julie Andrews. We often hear “My Favorite Things” sung during the Christmas holidays, because that’s the season we tend to think about what we want.
  In 2011, Frank Ball had the privilege of speaking at the Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference. Under the talented direction of Dr. Gail Hayes, he joined the faculty chorus to sing about “A Good Writer’s Favorite Things.”

May
16
Frank Ball
Bloopers
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Superb editing conceals the fact that the best of artists make mistakes. No author starts at the beginning, writes to the end, and then sends the manuscript to an agent. If we saw a famous author’s first draft, we might be shocked at how bad the writing was at the start.
  James Michener once said, “I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s greatest rewriters.”
  Sometimes we’re helped by seeing the best professionals mess up, because then we know we’re not alone in our struggles for excellence.