Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Compare & Contrast


As an aspiring writer myself, any advice or tips are always welcome in order to expand my skills and knowledge. After searching for websites with helpful tips, I found two that I’d like to compare and contrast: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/04/27/10-things-teenage-writers-should-know-about-writing/ and http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Style_and_Spunk_Writing_Tips_for/ .

                As a comparison, both these websites offer advice in a relatable way. They actually share in a way that would make a teenager like myself interested in the advice they offer. For example, both websites share that though being a teenage writer means your writing may not always be phenomenal due to a lack of experience, being young means you have a lifetime ahead of you to improve the skills which may be lacking right now. You have the cleverness and humor that typically makes up the personality of teens. Another important thing these websites have in common in terms of content is they encourage learning and paying attention in high school. And lastly, they advise teen writers not to become discouraged, that likely, the best is yet to come.

                Both websites also display their advice in paragraph form, so it’s easy to read.  Yet in terms of layout, these websites are quite different. The first website  (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/04/27/10-things-teenage-writers-should-know-about-writing/) is laid out in the design of a blog. It has a more simplistic layout than the second website (http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Style_and_Spunk_Writing_Tips_for/) which is laid out in the form of an educational website, with many different links along the side bar and multiple tabs at the top dealing with education.

                In contrast, these websites also offer differing advice. The first (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/04/27/10-things-teenage-writers-should-know-about-writing/) gives more tips and goes into a more in-depth discussion about the advice than the second website. It covers a broader line a subjects (publishing, college majors, etc.) versus the second, which sticks mainly to the writing aspect.

                Both these websites were very helpful in giving me some new advice that I had not read or heard yet. But I did prefer the first website, since it gave more of a relatable explanation of things and delved into more than just grammar and language.