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Tackling Text [and subtext]: A Step-by-Step Guide for Actors
by Barbara Houseman

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p>An intensely practical handbook for actors on how to cope with text, subtext, character and situation. Preface by Kenneth Branagh.</p><p>Having helped the actor with basic vocal technique in her enormously successful book, <i>Finding Your Voice</i>, Barbara Houseman here shows the actor how to cope with the demands posed by the text [and the subtext] of the play itself.</p><p>Full of practical exercises developed over many years of working with actors of all ages and experiences, <i>Tackling Text</i> [and subtext] is an indispensable handbook for any actor working with text - from acting students and young professionals, to experienced actors wanting to tackle specific problems and acting coaches wanting to discover new ways of enabling their students.</p><p>'If you want to improve as an actor, read this book... it helps restore the hard work of the actor as fresh, playful and fun' - <i>Kenneth Branagh, from his Preface</i></p><p>'An inspiring teacher... a hugely motivating force in my work' - <i>Daniel Radcliffe</i></p><p>'Barbara's work starts with the voice, passes through the physical - and results in a character. Her teaching helps total performance' - <i>Jude Law</i></p><p>'detailed, down-to-earth, useful... with one of the clearest explanations I've read of iambic pentameter' - <i>The Stage</i></p><p>'as useful to the experienced actor looking for a lifeline as the beginner wanting tips about the trade' - <i>British Theatre Guide</i></p>
The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological ...
by , Angela Ackerman

Language

English

Pages

327

Publication Date

October 18, 2017

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Readers connect to characters with depth, ones who have experienced life’s ups and downs. To deliver key players that are both realistic and compelling, writers must know them intimately—not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way. Of all the formative experiences in a character’s past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of your story.<br /><br />Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character’s behavior, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus can help. Inside, you’ll find:<br /><br />•A database of traumatic situations common to the human experience<br />•An in-depth study on a wound’s impact, including the fears, lies, personality shifts, and dysfunctional behaviors that can arise from different painful events<br />•An extensive analysis of character arc and how the wound and any resulting unmet needs fit into it<br />•Techniques on how to show the past experience to readers in a way that is both engaging and revelatory while avoiding the pitfalls of info dumps and telling<br />•A showcase of popular characters and how their traumatic experiences reshaped them, leading to very specific story goals<br />•A Backstory Wound Profile tool that will enable you to document your characters’ negative past experiences and the aftereffects <br /><br />Root your characters in reality by giving them an authentic wound that causes difficulties and prompts them to strive for inner growth to overcome it. With its easy-to-read format and over 100 entries packed with information, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a crash course in psychology for creating characters that feel incredibly real to readers. <br />
The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Fra...
by George Lakoff

Language

English

Pages

195

Publication Date

September 23, 2014

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<p>Ten years after writing <em>the </em>definitive, international bestselling book on political debate and messaging, George Lakoff returns with new strategies about how to frame today’s essential issues.</p><br /><br /><p>Called the “father of framing” by <em>The New York Times, </em>Lakoff explains how framing is about <em>ideas</em>—ideas that come before policy, ideas that make sense of facts, ideas that are <em>pro</em>active not <em>re</em>active, positive not negative, ideas that need to be communicated out loud every day in public.</p><br /><br /><p><em>The ALL NEW</em> <em>Don’t Think of an Elephant!</em> picks up where the original book left off—delving deeper into how framing works, how framing has evolved in the past decade, how to speak to people who harbor elements of both progressive and conservative worldviews, how to counter propaganda and slogans, and more.</p><br /><br /><p>In this updated and expanded edition, Lakoff, urges progressives to go beyond the typical laundry list of facts, policies, and programs and present a clear moral vision to the country—one that is traditionally American and can become a guidepost for developing compassionate, effective policy that upholds citizens’ well-being and freedom.</p>
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by , Dan Heath

Language

English

Pages

306

Publication Date

January 02, 2007

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Chip Heath and Dan Heath's <i>Switch</i>.<br /><br /> Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others– struggle to make their ideas “stick.” <br /> <br /> Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In <i>Made to Stick</i>, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle,” using the “Velcro Theory of Memory,” and creating “curiosity gaps.”<br /> <br /> In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony– draw their power from the same six traits.<br /> <br /> <i>Made to Stick </i>is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures)– the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, <i>Made to Stick</i> shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.<BR><BR>“Long live the King” hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King’s <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Dead White Guys: A Father, His Daughter and the Great Books of th...
by Matt Burriesci

Language

English

Pages

266

Publication Date

June 09, 2015

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Dead White Guys is a timely defense of the great books, arriving in the middle of a national debate about the fate of these books in high schools and universities around the country. Burriesci shows how the great books can enrich our lives as individuals, as citizens, and in our careers. Extending the argument first made by Anna Quinndlen's on the act of reading itself, How Reading Changed My Life," ("It is like the rubbing of two sticks together to make a fire, the act of reading, an improbable pedestrian task that leads to heat and light,) Burriesci reminds us all of the enormous impact reading has on our lives. After his daughter was born prematurely in 2010, Burriesci set out to write a book about 26 Great Books, from Plato to Karl Marx, and how their lessons have applied to his life. As someone who has spent a long and successful career advocating for great literature, Burriesci defends the great books in this series of tender and candid letters, rich in personal experience and full of humor. Matt Burriesci is a national literary leader, serving as Executive Director of both PEN/Faulkner, which bestows the largest peer-juried prize for fiction
Stage Fight: How to Punch Your Fears of Public Speaking in the Fa...
by Cody Smith

Language

English

Pages

168

Publication Date

January 18, 2018

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<p>Does the thought of <strong>public speaking</strong> raise your blood pressure? Are the moments leading up to having to speak in front of a crowd feel like you’re <strong>approaching a mad mob</strong> ready to send you off to the <u>guillotine?</u> Have you ever wished public speaking <u>could be</u> (<strong>should be!</strong>) easier and less stressful?</p><p>Public speaking is a part of our lives whether we like it or not. It’s a <strong>common fear</strong> that can have <u>extraordinary</u> outcomes on our lives <strong>once</strong> conquered.</p><p>Whether you want to feel more comfortable speaking in front of crowds of <strong>tens</strong> or <strong>hundreds </strong>of people, apply the tactics laid out for you in <strong>Stage Fight</strong> to guide you on that journey.</p><h2><strong>First</strong>, here is what you’re <strong>NOT</strong> going to find in this book:</h2><ul><li>How to have powerful stage presence</li><li>How to master transitions from one point to the next</li><li>When to contrast your voice or tone<br /></li><li>How to develop a proper beginning, middle, and end to your talk</li></ul><p>Do you want to know <strong>why</strong>? Because <u>not a single one</u> of those topics <strong>matter</strong> if you are <strong>scared to death</strong> to speak in front of a crowd. It is <u>extremely difficult</u> to appear professional when you are terrified to speak in public. We must first deal with the <strong>battle of fear</strong> that manifest itself <strong>internally</strong>.</p><p><strong>Conquering</strong> that internal struggle is the foc<u></u>us of this book. To get you comfortable in your own skin while speaking to an audience whether you’re:</p><ul><li>Looking to be a <strong>rock star</strong> in front of the boss at your next big presentation</li><li>Ready to knock your next pitch out of the park with a potential client</li><li>Wanting to <u>promote</u> your business at the regional conference</li><li><strong>Presenting </strong>to a group of potential investors on a new venture</li><li>Simply wanting to have <strong>control over yourself</strong> whenever you speak</li></ul><h3>Stage Fight. Is. Your. <strong>Answer</strong>.<br /></h3><h2><strong>How will you conquer your fears?</strong></h2><ul><li>By getting to the know the “<u>why</u>” behind your fears</li><li>Gaining knowledge in understanding the importance of taking small steps every day to have a <strong>lasting effect</strong> on your comfort level on stage</li><li>Building a <u>big-O swanky pile</u> of <strong>discipline</strong> and <strong>courage </strong>to help you every step of the way</li><li>By learning the <em><strong>fastest</strong></em> way to overcome the fears that hold you back from being the speaker who doesn’t let fear have a say.</li></ul><p>I’m on a mission to help others who are <u>holding themselves back</u> from fear of speaking. However, it hasn’t always been that way for me. I used to be <strong>terrified</strong> to speak though <strong>petrified</strong> is a more appropriate description. My old approach to speaking was <strong>sweating bullets</strong> and fighting the urge to <u>pass out</u>. I say that to let you know I’ve been there. Allow me to share with you the lessons I’ve learned to take you <u>from where you <strong>are</strong> to where you want to <strong>be</strong>.</u> </p><p>Inside this book is the how, but inside you is the grit, discipline, and determination to punch your fears of public speaking <strong>in the face</strong> once and for all! <strong>You get to choose</strong> whether your life will be one big stage <strong><em>fright</em></strong> or whether you will own it, making it your very own stage <em><strong>fight</strong></em>.</p><h2><strong>So what are you waiting for? Your future, fearless version of yourself is one click away. Scroll to the top of the page and take your first step toward massive action by clicking BUY NOW!</strong><br /></h2>
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert Cialdini

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<b><i>*NEW YORK TIMES</i> and <i>WALL STREET JOURNAL</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> *<b><i>Financial Times </i></b><b>Best Business Books of 2016<BR> *Inc.com’s Best Sales and Marketing Book of 2016</b><BR> <BR>The author of the legendary bestseller <i>Influence</i>, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.<BR><BR>What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his <i>Influence</i> an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal <i>pre</i>-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”<BR> <BR> His first solo work in over thirty years, Cialdini’s <i>Pre-Suasion</i> draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time and explains the techniques a person should implement to become a master persuader. Altering a listener’s attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn’t necessary, says Cialdini—all that’s required is for a communicator to redirect the audience’s focus of attention before a relevant action.<BR> <BR> From studies on advertising imagery to treating opiate addiction, from the annual letters of Berkshire Hathaway to the annals of history, Cialdini draws on an array of studies and narratives to outline the specific techniques you can use on online marketing campaigns and even effective wartime propaganda. He illustrates how the artful diversion of attention leads to successful pre-suasion and gets your targeted audience primed and ready to say, “Yes.”
How to Read a Book (A Touchstone Book)
by , Mortimer J. Adler

Language

English

Pages

449

Publication Date

May 10, 2011

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With half a million copies in print,<I> How to Read a Book</I> is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material.<BR><BR>Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a <I>living</I> classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text. <BR> <BR>Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works.<BR> <BR>Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
by , Becca Puglisi

Language

English

Pages

174

Publication Date

May 09, 2012

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One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. <br /><br />Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. <br /><br />This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project. 

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