Why You Should Practice Prewriting

Just like the analogy with putting the furniture together same thing with writing if you got yourself a nice plan then you’re able to put the whole thing together quite easily and finally this is the thing that I try to train students is that once you’re finished writing you’re really hot you want to have your teacher go back and look at what you did you yourself want to look at what you did after you’ve written the first word on your paper you want to go back and read it this is the way that you pick up your mistakes this is the way that you follow that you do your editing that you look that you look at the logic of it and that you can revise it or you can make it better alright so let’s practice prewriting alright so for a brainstorm right you could start to put your senses your senses or your ideas or your subjects down on the paper the day I learned a valuable lesson my mistake that taught me something valuable.

And as I write these down those of you in the discussion box you know take one of these topics and talk about it with the people out there right these are all great topics that you can write about the day I graduated helping my sister with our school project a picnic with my family so once you get all these list of topics down you’re not going to write about all of them but you’re going to want to choose the best one for you my friend and I caught that big fish and then choose your topic which one do you want to write about which one do you have the most to say about so in this case my mistake that taught me something valuable and we go back to that example that I just gave you from Mongolia right a mistake that he thought that after six months that he would be able to wrestle and compete in a presentation in a wrestling match that he would be successful even though he had only been wrestling for six months all right so what is this free right all about so when I when I have students pretty right.

I tell them okay take out a clean sheet of paper and write pretty right at the top and don’t worry about what’s on there so I give them about 10 minutes or so and if I see after 10 minutes if they’re still writing a lot that I just let him go and I’ll ask you out in the discussion box there um maybe they’re different parts or places where you could use a free ride to the lesson where could use rewrite you could use a free right in any lesson in the beginning the middle and the i’m just getting ideas down there right then don’t worry about this actual formatting right you’re just getting your ideas down on paper you just write write write write write write keep writing this non-stop and you know you want to emphasize to the students that can be grading this this is just a chance for them to get all of their important ideas.

Motivation for Your Goals

To help motivate you toward your goal measure your desire on a scale of one to ten so what do I mean by all this when I said well first I have a scale and picture a little scale a little chart and it’s even in the reaching start of a workbook you can make your own one and then two three four all the way to ten and when I set a goal I measure my desire for it so one is it would be nice ten is I want this so badly I can’t stand it so what you want to do is think about the goal may be that many of you wrote for this year maybe for the rest of you don’t have a goal think of maybe just some little thing that you’d like to accomplish or get done in the next few months. Articles about goals and accomplishments on Edusson.

How strong is your desire on a scale of one to ten now if your desire or a 5 or a 4 or a 3 I would say that you might want to put that goal on the backburner and come up with a different goal that is a six seven eight nine ten would be awesome the reason being is it will be easier for you to stay on course to stay on track to work through the hurdles to achieve your goal and then you’re going to be really happy you’re gonna feel satisfied you’re gonna be encouraged you will set more goals but if your desire isn’t that strong I’m not saying give up that goal I’m just saying put it on the backburner think of a goal that really where you have a stronger desire on that scale of one to ten and then that’s gonna really help motivate you and I’m sure you all do have some type of goal you might not realize it’s a goal maybe something for you is you want to take a great family vacation this year.

I have a goal that buy-in next February one of my goals personally I would love to take my kids and my grandchildren on a week cruise and my desire is a 10 it’s off the charts in fact it’s past the 10 so knowing that I’m gonna start to work out and use these worksheets and start to detail how am I going to accomplish that that’s a pretty big investment to take my family on a cruise but it’s something I really want to do and it’s important to me and in a little while we will talk about the different goals that you set in your personal and your professional life and the strategies I’m sharing with you today apply to any sort of goal personal professional financial health goals big goals little goals it doesn’t matter what I’m teaching you is a process I’m teaching you a way of thinking I’m teaching you the tools that people who achieve goals use.

Fantastic Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novel

The book spans a period of roughly 80 years. It has several major events that occur and the author jumps from the events in order within the storyline with just enough prelude to each event to fill in a generalization of what led up to it. It allowed the action to flow pretty smoothly. Even with the gaps in between the crises, you are not left wondering what occurred during that period.

There wasn’t a lot of character background or buildup as the story focuses mainly on the growth and progress of the Foundation itself. It felt that the characters are ‘bit’ players, with just enough about them divulged to allow you to have a general idea of the type of personality he or she had.

The story felt complete and it ended with the suggestion that this was only the beginning of the Foundation’s journey. It was hard to put down, even though it was the third time reading it.

Pros

The novel is about the creation of the ‘Foundation’ and the storyline did focus on the Foundation, and the characters were only described enough to show what part they had in its growth.

The book is well written, probably due to the fact that it was edited by a professional english essay writing service.

The book was sectioned off into distinct periods of development and prior to each portion, there is a citation from the ‘Encyclopedia Galactica’ describing the primary character or situation of that section as a background. The details are left out, but the quote enhances each part, allowing it to read smoothly.

The quotes mentioned above come from the Encyclopedia ‘Galactica’, the original purpose of the Foundation was to write the Encyclopedia, but during the novel, it is said that the Encyclopedia was not important or needed. But, by seeing the quotes, it makes you believe there is something more to it.

The author uses morals very well, in that he uses dialogue between characters to present the moral as it applied in the storyline. For example, when the Foundation was faced with an impending destructive crisis, the moral, “…violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”, was presented in several ways.

Cons

One of the things that were missed was whether or not the Encyclopedia writers continued working on it after it was made clear that its creation was simply a ruse to protect Hari Seldon’s original stuff. Even though each major section of the book begins with an excerpt, you are left wondering how, who, when did it get done, or even if it was completely finished.

Not being able to put yourself in the place of any of the characters throughout the book made it seem as though the reader was an outside observer to whatever happened during any part of the story, or sub-parts of the main theme. It didn’t feel personal.

The second book in the original Foundation Trilogy: Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

Title: Foundation and Empire

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publish Date: 1991

Publisher: Doubleday Publishing

Type: Novel

Genre: Science Fiction

Sub-Genre: Advanced Weapons, Space Travel, Spacecraft, Atomic Power, Alien Worlds, Mutants, ESP, Armed Conflict

Plot Summary:

The Foundation had a purpose. It could not fail according to the laws of Psychohistory that were perfected by the late, great, Hari Seldon.

The plan was for the Foundation to grow and become the bases for a new Galactic Empire, raised from the ashes of a dying Empire in only a thousand years. The plan was based on how the masses of people would react together when certain events occurred, and it was based on the psychology of those masses remaining constant.

But now, a threat has come into the galaxy. A threat that can affect the masses on a huge scale and the threat is defeating kingdom after kingdom… planet after planet. Now, the Foundation itself is poised to fall to that same threat.

The plan seems to have failed and the people that have believed in the strength of the plan for the rise of the Foundation to become the next Empire, have had everything they believed torn away by this strong and deliberate onslaught.

The Foundation must fall…

Description:

The Foundation was established over two hundred years ago in the periphery of the galaxy on a planet called Terminus. Isolated from the dying Empire at the core of the Milky Way Galaxy, it thrived and grew powerful, basically left alone by the Emperor.

Now word has reached the Imperial Palace of this powerful Foundation, and a strong, well-liked general of the Navy has set his sights on it. With his ships, he heads out to the edge of the galaxy to put this threat down and subjugate the upstarts.

But, with all of this going on, there is another, more dangerous threat to the Foundation growing and festering on a small planet near Kalgan.

This menace is merely a variable in the Great Plan developed by Hari Seldon using Psychohistory back in the days before the Foundation was established. The plan charted events based on the psychological reactions of billions of people to whatever occurs in the galaxy. It cannot chart individuals.

It also cannot chart things that affect how those billions of people react to particular events in their minds. It charts based on how they reacted in the past – in history.

This new hidden threat comes to light in a big way, and has the Foundation and its followers directly in its sights. And as world after world falls, the threat becomes more real each day, until the Foundation is attacked.

The Foundation may not survive…

Appraisal

Picking up this novel and reading it was like reading the next chapter in the previous book in the series. The transition between them is seamless and handled the same as the transitions between major time passages. Enough references to previous events to lend a streamlined main theme for the entire series up to this novel.

The use of ‘excerpts’ from the ‘Encyclopedia Galactica’ gives the impression to the reader that there is a basis in fact to what they are about to read. This was very effective and helped draw me into the story.

Book Review: Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Title: Foundation

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publish Date: 1991

Publisher: Bantam Books

Type: Novel

Genre: Science Fiction

Sub-Genre: Technology, Alt. Societies

Plot Summary:

Hari Seldon was the founder of the Foundation, placed in the periphery of a twelve thousand year old Galactic Empire that was slowly deteriorating. Bounded by kingdoms that are set on dominating the area, the newly formed Foundation must find a way to protect itself against being taken over by any of the nearby forces.

Hari set up the Foundation to help rebuild mankind after the Empire’s fall, by saving knowledge and preserving it in an encyclopedia. That meant no warriors, only scientists, leaving them without a way to defend themselves from Barbarism.

But Hari had a plan. He discovered and refined a new science based on mass psychology, and on historic trends called Psychohistory. With it, he could almost ‘see’ into the future and predict events to come many years away. With this new science, Hari found a way to rebuild civilization after the Empire is gone. That is, if the Foundation survives.

Description:

Hari Seldon was a mathematician on his home planet and discovered a way that could predict general trends that a mass of people would follow in the future. He called it ‘Psychohistory’. Many years later, he was considered a threat by the Empire, so he maneuvered his way to having his entire staff moved out of harm’s way, to a planet named Terminus, at the edge of the galaxy.

He had his staff working on an Encyclopedia to record all of the knowledge accumulated by mankind up to that point, and when the suspicions of the Empire began investigating of his actions, he was able to use the Encyclopedia as his cover. But they didn’t trust Hari or his staff, all 100,000 of them, so the Empire put them as far away as they possibly could, Terminus.

Hari predicted a series of crises that would befall the Foundation and kept his predictions hidden from them by ensuring that there were no members with psychology or mathematics training. For them to be able to figure out his predictions would damage his plan by introducing new variables.

The Foundation sits on a planet, devoid of heavy metals, forcing them to rely on others for imports and growth. With no means to build up weapons of defense, as the aggressive neighbors begin to look at Terminus as a new addition to their own possessions, the Foundationers must ward off the attacks with various methods from a ‘balance of power’ to religion.

But the ‘religion’ was no true religion; it was the force of nuclear power!

Appraisal

This book was originally the first of the Author’s “Foundation Series’ and as such, it gives enough details to allow you to understand the reasons for the creation of the Foundation in the first place.

Matador Series: The 97th Step book review

Appraisal

Taking the life of a character from childhood through old age can be a daunting task in just a short 290 pages, but the author did manage to capture Ferret’s life to where you remember the events that he went through, many in vivid detail.

The presentation of these events, treated as a kind of “flashback chapter” is somewhat disconcerting at times, and could have been handled a little more smoothly in the transitions between them.

There are many encounters between all the characters and the author chose to describe them without much detail allowing you to fill in the blanks and it was more effective and smooth than what other authors have done.

The overall story, if you take it that way, was good and if there is a sequel, it would be a worthwhile read. These were definitely some elements that the author could have improved upon such as location and surroundings development, but with so few pages, perhaps there wasn’t enough room.

If you get an opportunity, take a look at this novel. It is worth your time.

Pros

The character development by the author is colorfully done with significant attention given to the physical appearance and background of the major players in the novel.

All of the romantic and physical encounters between the characters are portrayed tactfully and obliquely, and leaves you with the understanding that there has been an involvement between them.

The story flow is even and consistent allowing the readers to follow the action easily and not get lost in frivolous side stories.

Cons

The author jumps around in the storyline quite a bit, which normally isn’t that big of an issue. But, when the story spans over 45 years, it gets a little confusing at times, but to be fair, only for a moment until you get oriented to whichever point in the timeline you have been taken to.

The novel has four distinct time frames for the main character. Him at sixteen, running away from an abusive father, five years later with a close friend, ten years after that when he’s with a beautiful woman and partner named Stoll, and then 5 to 25 years later where he becomes a trainee, then active member of a religious faction.

The author jumps around from later timelines seemingly to explain Ferret’s current actions from what occurred in his past. It did help with understanding the events, but the initial jump sometimes felt like a different story was beginning.

There were many errors in editing where words were left out of sentences, which causes you to stop reading to determine what is meant.

At first, it seemed like it was done to give Ferret some local color, but then it started happening in the narrative too. From an otherwise okay novel, the editing was disappointing. Fortunately, we didn’t encounter any spelling errors…

The 97th Step: Steve Perry bestselling author

Title: The 97th Step

Author: Steve Perry

Publish Date: 1989

Publisher: Ace Books

Type: Novel

Genre: Sci-Fi

Sub-Genre: Alternate Societies, Romance, Religion, Advanced, Medical, Advanced Technology, Advanced Weapons, Rebellion, Crime, Spaceships, Space Travel, Sexuality, Extra Sensory Perception, Galactic Empires, Armed Conflict

Plot Summary:

Mwili Kalamu was born into a poor, religious life on Cibule, a moon orbiting Kalk. At 16 years old, his daily beatings from his father were too much to take anymore, forcing him to run away and into the arms of the first officer of a freighter outbound to a different world.

He learned fast how to use what he had to obtain what he needed and learn how to make a living as a thief. He learned quickly and with his self-given alias of “Ferret”, he rapidly rose to be known as trustworthy and knowledgeable.

For ten years, he ran with Stoll, as partners at first, then as friends. Together they made themselves a reputation of being able to get their contracts done, without fail. And now they have a job that will set them both well enough off to retire. But Ferret’s girlfriend has a bad feeling about this and wants them to call off the job.

Everything was set and it was going like clockwork. Stoll and Ferrett were in the final room of their target when Ferrett got his bad feelings. He told Stoll and they both felt something was wrong. They opened up the door to leave, only to discover that their feelings might have been right after all…

Description:

Sarli Vu Ndamase is extremely beautiful, skin tawny, blue eyes, jet black hair, arms, legs and backside clean and perfect. She can have any man she wants, and they all want her. But the one she does desire is Ferret – a runaway from a backwater moon and thief – and she loves him.

Ferret left his home fifteen years ago and has been with his partner and friend Stoll for the last ten of those years. They were good at what they did, and had the underground connections to help them with background and mark details. A bribe here, missing documents there, they had it good.

Now, Stoll comes to Ferrett with a huge score. A simple jewelry heist, with even the cops bought off to gain time to escape the scene. This will set them for life and Ferret can be with Shar for the rest of their lives. But Shar has a bad feeling about the caper, pleading with Ferret to walk away. A kiss… and he leaves with Stoll.

As the heist progresses, it goes smoothly. Everything falling into place until Ferret gets his own queasy stomach. He feels something isn’t right. He and Stoll talk briefly and decide they’ve got enough and they head for the door. Moments later, Stoll is on the floor in front of him with blood pooling, and the door is being shattered by bullets. Something is wrong.

As Ferret leaps from the balcony, a voice from his past calls out to him, threatening revenge. He’d been found! And now, he had been set up, and Stoll is dead. But, if the past has caught up to him here, what about Shar?

Yes, what about Shar…?

Feminist science fiction novel by Joan Slonczewski

Title: A Door into Ocean (Elysium Cycle)

Author: Jean Slonczewski

Publish Date: 1986

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Type: Novel

Genre: Science Fiction

Sub-Genre: Parthenogenesis, Armed Conflict, Alternate Societies, Alien Worlds, Starships, Space Travel, Advanced Medicine, Romance, Robots, Viruses, Galactic Empires, Martial Law

Plot Summary:

Spinel is a commoner; a stonecutter’s son. He has yet to obtain a sponsor to earn his ability to apply a trade. So he wanders as a beggar does in the market where he spies a pair of strange women, whose homes are on the distant Ocean Moon.

In a short conversation with them, the leader of the two, Merwen, made a decision that would forever change Spinel’s life. He was asked to return to the Ocean Moon via starship to learn of the ocean and teach them of this stone moon.

After arrival, Spinel soon discovers that this new world of only ocean was far from what he expected it to be. And Merwen’s daughter, Lystra, was appalled that her mother would bring back a male freak to live among the all-female population of Shora.

Soon it becomes evident that the world of stone, called Valen, wanted more of Shora than the women they were willing to lose.

And now Spinel is in the middle of his home world and that of the ocean world that asked him to join their way of life.

Description:

Shora is a planet of wonders. Its inhabitants are humans, evolved of the centuries to survive on a fully ocean-covered planet. They have evolved beyond the need for males, and only females are born to the parthenogenic beings known as Sharers.

Spinel is the son of a stonecutter on Valen, but he still hasn’t decided where he wants to go to learn a trade. And then he encounters two women Sharers from Shora and he begins a journey to their home to learn their ways, and share his new knowledge with them.

Shora holds many dreams for the people of Valen; sea silks, medicines, and abundant fish. To a world of stone, these are irresistible, and they crave that which they do not have. So, traders are sent to Shora with Valen goods to barter for the wonders of Shora.

But the traders go too far where they rape the Sharers and their families of their virtue and their livelihood. And, when the Sharers rebel by ignoring the traders, the military steps in to take control of the situation; martial law is declared and the first prisoners are taken by the soldiers.

The Sharers respond by ignoring the soldiers. As the Sharers prolong their silence, the soldiers become unglued… agitated. And a wholesale attack on the unarmed women and children of Shora begins.

One lone Sharer, Merwen, has confidence that continued unspeaking will resolve the conflict. All the while, her fellow sharers are dying each day by the hundreds.