Vocab Word of the Day: Tittles

It sounds dirty, but it’s not. (But we wish it was.)

From the FreeDictionary.com:

n. tit·tle 
1. A small diacritic mark, such as an accent, vowel mark, or dot over an i.
2. The tiniest bit; an iota.
[Middle English titil, from Medieval Latin titulus, diacritical mark, from Latin, title, superscription.]

Now you can tell your friend you saw her tittles. 


Hey you, try really hard not to do this on your first draft. I often find myself stopping to mentally (or physically) delete the last three words I just wrote, the “that” you don’t need for example (because you rarely need that “that”), because I know they’re just not right. But that’s really just an excuse not to keep writing. Get it all out first and then go back later with fresh eyes. I call it the Shut Up and Write method.

Time to Restrain Yourself

It can be paralyzing to have everything be an option when you’re starting with a blank page. Try to box yourself in. Place limits. Restrain yourself. Do that and see how you flourish.

Sometimes it’s as easy as restricting length: Write something that includes a beginning and end in one page. Tell a story in a paragraph. Describe a person in 6 words. 

Or maybe, in something as arbitrary as a letter: Begin all your sentences with the letter B.

Or even just focusing on a theme  that automatically frames your story for you: Imagine you’re having a conversation with your mom. What do you tell her?

Brooklyn Public Library Mobile App

For all my Brooklynite library loverrrs out there.



Brooklyn Public Library launched its first mobile app, My BPL, available for iPhone and Android.  The app allows readers to personalize their library experience on-the-go by finding new titles, searching the library catalog, save to-read lists of eBooks, manage your library account, find branch info and scan an ISBN with your phone to search library collections.

For more information, visit http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/my-bpl-mobile-apps.