We maintained several time horizons for our forward forecasts, from granular monthly forecasts to quarterly and annual forecasts to even five and ten year forecasts for the purposes of fund-raising and, well, strategic planning. One of the most difficult things to forecast was our adoption rate. Because of information asymmetry, analysts who cover your company depend quite a bit on guidance on quarterly earnings calls to shape their forecasts and coverage for their clients. What was more of a puzzle, though, was the long-term outlook.
How to Use Expletives Eff Now it's time to wrap the lesson up by discussing when it is okay and when it is abso-frickin'-lutely not okay to swear in your writing.
Swearing in Academic Writing Don't do it. Unless you are writing a thesis about the linguistics of swearing or quoting something else that contains swearing, there is no reason for the use of profanity in your academic writing.
I know—school is boring. Swearing in Personal Correspondence How you talk to your friends is your business, but keep this in mind: Consider these two similar situations. You are hanging out with your best friend. She admits that she has forgotten her mother's birthday. You laugh, but in a way that seems understanding, not judgemental.
You then say, jokingly, "Oh my god, what the hell is wrong with you? You are texting your best friend. I forgot my mom's birthday! She becomes offended because she thinks you are serious, though you really did intend it lightheartedly.
She gets mad at you. You spend the next 20 minutes texting, trying to convince her that you were joking.
You now have to take her out for dinner tomorrow to try to mend her hurt feelings. Thanks to your cell phone, you are now out at least 30 bucks. Even if you are very, very close with someone, be careful about your use of swearing in casual correspondence, like texting, online messaging, email, and even phone conversations.
If you just remember that technology is the worst thing ever, you should be fine. Swearing in Professional Writing Nope. Swearing in Fiction or Other Creative Writing As you've probably figured out by now, swearing is a very big part of casual language.
You swear, your friends swear, your parents swear—most people swear. So it's only natural that, as an author, you might find it necessary to incorporate swearing into your writing to create realistic characters.
But how should this be done?
The trick to using swearing in your writing is not to overdo it. Many novice writers feel the need to inject their fiction with the harshest of expletives to communicate a mood or to represent the character and that character's situation as authentically as possible.
There are two problems with this approach. There are other ways, better ways, to communicate mood, character, and setting to your reader.
Second, it's incredibly off-putting to the reader. This is because swear words are not like other words; regardless of the context, swear words elicit an emotional response.
Swearing and Emotional Responses People have emotional reactions to reading or hearing swear words. Even if they do not feel offended, their attention is caught by the use of a taboo word. In fact, swear words are so tied to emotion that many people with dementia still swear even if they struggle with other speech-related tasks.
Some researchers postulate that this is because swear words are remembered in a different part of the brain than regular words.
Interestingly, researchers have also suggested that the effect of swearing lessens the more one uses or is exposed to curse words. There are two things to take from this.Examples: Lightning is an electric arc between two clouds; The architect used a compass to draw an arc in the design.
Both of these abrasive characters present a dilemma that requires a choice, and choices drive the character arc.
Revitalize your story’s saggy middle. Writing the middle of a story — and avoiding a sagging plot — plagues every writer. Today’s fiction writing exercise is an excerpt from my book, Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises. This one focuses on story structure and examines narrative arcs within stories and across multiple scenes and installments of a story.
Enjoy! An arc has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The. Guidelines for writing an effective ARC rejoinder These guidelines are intended to be used as supporting materials when formulating and constructing your response to the reviewers comments on your AR grant submission, known as the AR Rejoinder.
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Rejoinders. Rejoinders are quick responses to show that you are interested or paying attention. (Oh) Really? That's interesting.
Is that right? Note how rejoinders are used in the following situations.