Tutor profile: Melissa N.
How can someone improve their creative writing?
A lot of people feel like they have to be born with writing skills to spin out a story, poem, or something else creative in nature. The truth is though, anyone can be a writer, and everyone should be! You don't have to desire writing a novel, but creative writing is a good practice for anyone to take on as a mode of expression. Even those who feel more naturally inclined towards writing need to work to improve their craft! Some great ways to do this are: -Reading: One of the best ways to learn about narrative and poetic structures is simply by taking in the works of others. The more books you read, the more you'll start to innately understand how stories can be laid out. What you'll also find is that there are a lot of ways to tell a story, which is one of the most important lessons to take away for creative writing; there really is no right or wrong way to create a narrative as long as you use your own voice. -Daily Exercises: Sometimes writing feels difficult, and even the best writers out there tend to get what's known as Writer's Block where it feels hard to put even on sentence down on paper. However, the best thing you can do to get over that hump and improve your skills is set aside even just 15-20 minutes to write everyday. There are tons of online sites and social media accounts that give daily writing prompts for this very type of exercise. If you work to make this happen each day, you'll likely start to find that it gets easier write for longer periods of time. -Get Feedback: I know, it can be scary to have anyone read a creative piece you've made. Certain works can be very personal, and showing them to anyone can feel like revealing a page of your diary. However, if you have anyone you trust, whether it be a family member, close friend, or teacher, try to build up the courage to have them read some of your work and tell you what they think. It's important to do this occasionally because everyone has a different perspective to offer, and someone might give you a great idea or takeaway note that you wouldn't have thought of on your own! If you feel too uncomfortable with the idea of someone you know giving you feedback, there are plenty of blogging or writing community sites where you could share your work more anonymously and get feedback from other writers.
Subject: Film and Theater
What type of framework can someone use to analyze a film if they are also interested gender studies?
There are a lot of feminist frameworks one could apply to film studies, but one of the most famous is known as the Bechdel Test. The requirements a film must meet to pass the Bechdel Test are as follows: Part 1: There are at least two women in the film who... Part 2: Talk to each other... Part 3: About something besides a man. All three of these requirements have to be met for a movie to pass the Bechdel Test. While these standards seem simple, more films don't pass the test than one might think. Some well-known films that do pass the test are: The Hunger Games, Spirited Away, Hidden Figures.
What is the most likely meaning of the starred word? Use context clues (what is said in the sentence) to make your decision. Jacob had been playing soccer with his older brothers since he could first walk, so he felt bored with how *rudimentary* the soccer practice for his 1st grade team was.
Some example answers could be: simple, basic, introductory. Sometimes we don't always know the meaning of a word when we see it on it's own, but analyzing the sentence it's within can help! It's implied in the beginning of the sentence that the subject, Jacob, is fairly experienced with playing soccer since he's been playing since he was young. The second part of the sentence states that he feels bored with the soccer practice he's taking part in for his age group. The reason for his being bored is because he finds the practice to be "rudimentary". The knowledge that Jacob is a well-versed soccer player, coupled with the fact that he finds his young-age group soccer practice boring, can lead us to an understanding that "rudimentary" may mean something is simple, basic, or at an introductory level.
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