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. 

Self-editing

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.

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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.