7 Speed-Reading Techniques.

Life Tips, QUIRKY

Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, and a slew of cheap apps, but in reality it can be quite simple to learn to read over 1,000 words a minute. But before you get started, eliminate distractions. Get rid of anything your mind could think about besides the reading material. Fool yourself with your iPod if you wish—but if you really are serious about reading faster, eliminate distractions—including music.

1. See the book as a mine full of ore not gold. Speed readers learn how to go for the gold and discard the ore. One reads a book to get the message, not to obsess about the individual words. Switch your mindset and go for the gold.

2. Quit vocalizing. Most of us learned to read by sounding out the words. The trouble is, many of us never stopped. To become a speed reader learn to discard this habit (or at least reduce it). Instead, adopt the eye-to-mind method. Let the books pass into the mind directly from your eyes, skipping the mouth. Go ahead and try it—your eyes can send the content directly to your mind bypassing the sluggish vocalizing method.

3. Use your finger. Your finger can set the pace. It leads you forward at a speedy pace, and keeps you on focus so you can avoid back-skipping. There are several ways to use your finger (or hand) but try it out for starters. Run your finger ahead of your eye pulling along your mind at a faster pace then you are used to. Watch yourself improve!

4. Break the Back-skip habit. When most of us read along a line of type (like this one) our eyes jump back once in a while to recover a word we just passed and somehow missed. We do this without even knowing it. How to stop? First, confess you do it. Then while you are reading notice your temptations back-skip and refuse to go back. Treat your book like watching a movie. When you miss a phrase at the cinema you don’t ask them stop the movie and replay the last phrase do you? No. You let the movie flow on figuring you’ll still get the over all point eventually.

5. Look for key words. Read this sentence: “Yesterday when I was driving to school in my car and I saw a huge hawk swoop down from the telephone lines beside the road and grab a sparrow that never saw it coming.” What if you could train your mind and to see only the key words in that sentence: “Yesterday when I was driving to school in my car and I saw a huge hawk swoop down from the telephone lines beside the road and grab a sparrow that never saw it coming.” You could save 50% of your reading time! You may even learn to grasp the meaning by reading even fewer words: “…hawk… swoop…lines…grab…sparrow…” Training your mind to find key words, it will speed your reading tremendously!

6. Eliminate “Bus Stops.” A period at the end of a sentence is not a required stop. You can keep moving! Try to reduce your eye rests to 1-2 per line, then even less as you get better. Eventually you can skip all bus stops and keep your eyes moving smoothly line after line, as your mind drinks in the content of a book. Try it!

7. Take breaks. The research is clear. Steady reading hour after hour is less efficient than taking a five minute rest-stop break every hour or so. Try to read 100 pages in the next hour in total concentration using the above tips. Maybe even set an alarm. Then when the alarm goes off reward yourself with some candy or a sandwich or a quick walk outside. The pit stop will refresh you for the next 100 pages. Just try it and see!

To summarize, remember that speed-reading is not some magical secret you can pick up in ten minutes by reading this article. It takes practice and time to develop. To become a life-long rapid reader (like becoming an expert race car driver) will take more time. This short article will get you started though. Try and see!

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10 SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK

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If there’s one question that is ongoing and eternal in the author community, then it’s how to sell more books.

In this post, we have simple solutions for you — 10 of them in fact — which should be more than enough ways to promote your book, and suit all types of authors!

Enjoy.

 

10 Ways to 
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3 BOOKS: To Help Unplug Your Mind From The Matrix.

Life Tips, MOTOVATION, PHILOSOPHY

Most of what we did yesterday, we’ll do today.
Why?
Because autopilot.

Here are 3 books that will help you snap out of your patterned existence and facilitate the exciting task of unplugging your mind.

 

No.3 – Coercion / by / Douglas Rushkoff
The tricks of the trade that keep us hypnotized. These are all explained in detail. You won’t be able to put this down.

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No.2 – Teaching as a Subversive Activity / by / Neil Postman
This book flips everything on its head and makes you question your assumptions about school and how you learned what you know today. Deconstruct your past in order to better construct your future.

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No.1 – 48 Laws of Power / by / Robert Greene
You have to lose your innocence if you want to grown and learn, so prepare to get schooled. Learn why you should conceal your intentions, say less than necessary, and win through your actions, never through argument. This book will challenge your very notions of right and wrong. Take it for what it is — a call to look at life differently.

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Why do Adults have Trouble with Simple Logic?

QUIRKY

According to Harvard University only 1 in 7 adults can answer these 5 simple questions

 

1. The first question with B as the correct answer is:
A. 1
B. 4
C. 2
D. 3

2. The answer to Question 1 is:
A. D
B. C
C. B
D. A

3. The answer to Question 4 is:
A. D
B. A
C. B
D. C

4. The number of questions which have D as the correct answer is:
A. 3
B. 2
C. 1
D. 0

5. The number of questions which have B as the correct answer is:
A. 0
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1

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7 Simple Steps to be a Better Writer.

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1.Write down 3 ideas every day.

Just like every other part of your brain needs to be used or it will get rusty. The more you use it, the faster and better you will get writing ideas. Keep Ideas.

2.Read – At least 2 chapters every day.

Read, read, read. Read everything — classics to new releases, and see how they do it. Just like a trades-person who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! Then write. And If your writings are good, you’ll know. If not, start reading some more. Get Reading.

3. Get “words of the day” and grammar tips.

Good vocabulary plus good grammar = a way higher chance to get published. Words on Pinterest.

4. Write at least once a week.

So people will tell you to write every day. And if you can, that’s great. So unless you have nothing to do but write- i don’t know how easy it is for you to write every day. So set goals for what you can achieve and you will succeed. Once a week, twice a week, every day. Write around your lifestyle by put writing in your to-do list. Remember – Goals are dreams with deadlines. Start now.

5. Join writing groups.

Social network groups are a great way to find writing partners, get and give encouragement, promote your work, ask writing questions and get feedback on your work. 7 Facebook Groups Every Author Should Be a Member of:

6. Act out scenes in your head.

When you act out a scene in your head you discover voice and tone and which words to use. Once you have a feel for the scene, it’s easier to write everything down and making it sound natural- because it IS natural. Clear Your Mind.

7. Try reading and writing different genres.

Why? Because you expand your horizons and broaden your talent by pushing past your comfort zone. The more you know, the better you will become. Must Read Novels.

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The 5 Oldest Books in the World.

Musings, PUBLISHING

 The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines a book as: a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover; a long written work. This definition rules out clay tablets, scrolls and similar, though many scholars have expanded the definition to include any significant piece of writing bound together inside a cover.

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We’ve pulled together an interesting range of the five oldest surviving books in the world.

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5. The Book of Kells

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The Book of Kells is thought to have been created by Celtic monks around 800 AD. The book is an incredibly ornate illuminated manuscript Gospel book, written in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. It is kept in the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland. Estimated age: 1,215 years old.

4. St Cuthbert Gospel

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St Cuthbert Gospel is Europe’s oldest known surviving intact book. The book was buried with St Cuthbert, an early British Christian leader, on the island of Lindisfarne off Northumberland. Only just surviving the Vikings conquests, the book was moved to Durham to avoid Viking raiders, narrowly escaping destruction. The book was rediscovered in 1104 AD. Estimated age: 1,320 years old.

3. Nag Hammadi codices

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The Nag Hammadi codices are 13 leather bound papyrus codices that were discovered in 1945 buried inside a sealed jar, by a local man in the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. Considered to be some of the oldest surviving bound books, they contain Gnostic texts, that dated from around the first half of the 4th century AD. Written in the Coptic language, the codices are thought to have been copied from Greek. The Nag Hammadi codices are currently at the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Estimated age: 1,670 years old.

2. Pyrgi Gold Tablets

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The Pyrgi Gold Tablets date back to 500 BC. Containing holes around the edges, scholars think they were once bound together. Found in 1964 in the excavation of a sanctuary in ancient Pyrgi, Italy, two are written in Etruscan text, with one written in Phoenician – comprising of a dedication from King Thefarie Velianas to the Phoenician goddess Astarte. The plates are now displayed at the National Etruscan Museum in Rome, Italy. Estimated age: 2,515 years old.

1. The Etruscan Gold Book

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The Etruscan Gold Book is made from 6 sheets of 24 carat gold, bound together with rings and was discovered whilst digging a canal off the Strouma river in Bulgaria. The plates are written in Etruscan characters, and also depicted is a horse, horseman, a Siren, a lyre, and soldiers. The book was donated to Bulgaria’s National History Museum in Sofia, by an anonymous 87 year old donor. Estimated age: 2,676 years old.

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