No one is two busy too study grammar when its fun

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Greetings,  

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Would you please examine an idea for helping ordinary people become better writers?

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I need a publisher for some short stories that I have written and changed into grammar puzzles.  My first choice for a publisher is a daily newspaper.  My second choice is publish three to five stories in booklets that could be sold in local stores.  The following instructions will explain how a short story can be quickly changed into a grammar puzzle.  If the stories/puzzles are popular, then other writers will want to supply more short stories to match the demand for grammar puzzles.  But the writers will not have to change their stories into puzzles.  It will be done by publishers.  This will enable them to make the grammar puzzles both simple enough and complicated enough to satisfy their customers.  And if the newspaper grammar puzzles are profitable, I will ask some newspaper publishers to try my other ideas for making journalism more profitable.     

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Every short story/grammar puzzle will be similar to a comic strip.  But instead of having only three panels, there will always be five sections in every grammar puzzle.   And none of the sections in the newspaper puzzles will have any capitalization, punctuation, or paragraphs.  Correcting these mistakes will be enjoyable because they will be so easy to do.  In fact, everyone should be able to make corrections in the first section while they are reading.  This could make them feel really smart and inspire them to do the more difficult sections.  However, the first section by itself will force people to look at words and sentences more carefully than they normally do.  That is the kind of studying that real writers do when they edit their work.  And when someone has learned how to edit his own work, he has also learned how to write.   With the puzzles that are published on a newspaper’s website, the first section will always be published on a newspaper’s home page on  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so people can quickly decide if they want to read the entire puzzle as a diversion for a boring weekend.  This will reinforce the need to make the first section both easy and enjoyable to read.  If the website puzzles are profitable, then experiments should done to find out if it will be profitable to publish the puzzles on Friday in the actual paper.  Publishing more than one puzzle per week would probably make the supply curve too big for the demand curve.  

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The second section will also have some words and/or phrases misplaced.  With grammar puzzles that are published in a newspaper, the mistakes should create puns, naughty allusions, and other forms of wordplay so that most readers will enjoy finding the errors.  But the readers will only enjoy finding the mistakes if they can find them quickly and the mistakes are fun to find.  The number of mistakes should be disclosed at the beginning of the section so people will be able to know if they found all of the errors.  This should facilitate the newspapers getting extra streams of revenue with grammar puzzles.  The first stream will happen when people click on to read the puzzle.  The second stream might happen if the newspapers also provide advice on writing with every grammar puzzle.  Moreover, the second stream will become more popular if readers are able to print the advice on 4×6 index cards.  And this could help create a much larger demand curve for flashcards published on a newspaper’s Sunday editorial page.  (see below)  In the booklets, the errors should be more numerous and more complicated  because people will be more willing to spend time solving the puzzle.   After all, people will spend a lot of time and money learning how to do something if the something is valuable or the lessons are fun.    

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The third section won’t have any misplaced words and phrases but in the newspaper puzzles at least one sentence will be misplaced.  These intentional errors in the second and third sections are essential because the learning curve is never complete until people go through a phase of making mistakes.  Conventional writing lessons that use examples of good writing seem to only produce temporary connections in people’s brains that eventually fail when they relax.  Making and correcting mistakes, on the other hand, is more shocking and apparently produces more durable connections.  Yes, people will learn more from correcting their own mistakes.  But they may need a teacher to help them see their mistakes because they might make the same mistake a thousand times before they realize they are making a mistake.  Therefore they need to use the first four sections so they can learn faster with someone else’s mistakes.  Of course, both the second and third sections will more enjoyable if the first and last words of every sentence are never misplaced and the first and last sentences of every page are not misplaced.  That will give the readers very helpful clues for correcting someone else’s mistakes. 

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The fourth section won’t have any misplaced words or sentences but it could still be the most important section because most of its sentences will have to be completely rewritten.  These mistakes shouldn’t be too hard to create because they could come from the short story’s first draft.  But the errors in a newspaper puzzle should be easy to edit/rewrite while people are reading so they can enjoy solving the puzzle.  In the booklets, the errors should be complicated so the readers can maximize how much they learn from editing really bad writing.  Moreover, these grammar puzzles could serve as an experiment for how schools should teach grammar and writing skills.  Teachers could even develop their own inventory of grammar puzzles by collecting samples of bad writing from their students.  Those errors will usually be the kind of errors that their students make and they could be more age appropriate than what is produced by textbooks publishers.  And most students will like solving grammar puzzles because all of their homework can be done in the classroom.  And most teachers will like using grammar puzzles because they can give lectures that every student will think is important.  (look students, this writer made a terrible mistake with his antecedent pronouns)  More important though, students won’t have to worry about having writer’s block when they don’t feel like writing.  Then by enabling teachers to make their writing classes more enjoyable, students will be inspired to show their teachers more respect and deference.  

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The fifth section in newspapers will have just one spelling error.  That will be enough to make the final section more exciting to read.  It will also stimulate readers to study spelling.   Everyone has words that they can recognize but not spell.  So if they see one of those words in the final section, they are going to wonder if it is misspelled.  That will stimulate their brain to remember how to spell the word.   But the number of spelling errors in the booklets will be much greater.  Nonetheless, this final section should make the newspaper puzzles easy to read and that will stimulate people to dream about becoming a great writer and making millions of dollars from writing a novel.  Or a movie script.  True, this will almost never happen.  But as part time students of grammar and writing, they will become loyal fans of short stories and enjoy buying the next newspaper edition of a grammar puzzle or a grammar puzzle booklet. 

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As for publishing 4×6 flashcards with advice for good grammar and excellent writing skills, the cards will be an extra reason for reading puzzles.  And for buying a newspaper because some topics are more enjoyable to study when they are put on flashcards.  For example, a badly written sentence and a beautifully written sentence will be more fun to study on a flashcard than in a book.  And small groups of irregular verb conjugations will also be more fun to study with flashcards.  And if spelling tips are included with flashcards for hard to spell words, these flashcards could become collector’s items.  One of my favorite spelling tricks is to visualize an emperor with a third eye in the middle of his forehead.  That image has helped me remember that emperor is spelled with an “e” in the middle of the word.  And if a newspaper can publish enough spelling flashcards that are interesting to collect, becoming a better speller could become a minor hobby for many Americans.  Moreover, if every newspaper would publish flashcards every Sunday on its editorial page, people will have another reason for buying the newspaper.   

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There will be three to five flashcards published every Sunday on the editorial page.  It will be put in the space normally used for the editorial(s) written by the newspaper’s employees.  So a newspaper won’t have to hire more employees,  It can just ask its editorial page employees to learn a new skill.  And these editorial page flashcards will probably become much more popular than the editorials that they replaced.  The most popular flashcards will contain information that people will want to memorize so they can give an impromptu speech about something.  You know, something like Joe Biden.  Or Donald Trump.  Or Vladimir Putin.  Or they may be interested in printing flashcards about the national debt.  Or the supply of water.  And the flashcards can be collected like books in a home library.  Which could make them a status symbol in every demographic group in America.  But regardless of what people are interested in, this flashcard column will probably be more popular and therefore more profitable than the editorials that they replaced.  

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As for the booklets, a typical booklet will have three to five short stories.  Or it could have three to five chapters for a short novel.  But every sentence will be printed by itself in numbered lists.  Then readers can reassemble the stories on a separate piece of paper.  

 

  1. The sentences in all five sections won’t have any capitalization or punctuation. 

  2. In the second section, the sentences will also have many misplaced word and phrases. 

  3. So the sentences will have to be put back together like jigsaw puzzles. 

  4. This will be both harder and more fun than the sentences in the first section. 

  5. To make the hard work more pleasant, the first and last word of each sentence should not be misplaced. 

  6. The sentences in the third section won’t have any misplaced words or phrases but the list of sentences will be scrambled so that readers will have to put them back together like a jigsaw puzzle.   

  7. The first and last sentence in the puzzle list should always be the first and last sentence in the story. 

  8. The sentences in the fourth section will be badly written. 

  9. Some of the sentences will actually have to be rewritten as two sentences. 

  10. This will undoubtedly be the hardest section.  But it will also be the most rewarding. 

  11. Every booklet should include advice on grammar and writing techniques. 

  12. And some of the advice should help readers understand the errors in the four section. 

  13. Then fewer mistakes will be made with antecedent pronouns and compound sentences with redundant internal clauses. 

  14. The fifth section will have some misspelled words. 

  15. But this section shouldn’t have too many errors. 

  16. Nor should it be too long because a short story’s denouement should never be too long. 

  17. To make the booklets for children more enjoyable, the puzzles should be printed right side up on the odd numbered pages and the actual stories should be printed upside down on the even numbered pages. 

  18. Children will enjoy learning how to read upside down because it will improve their spelling. 

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In the future, publishers will probably create software that enables writers to make their stories fit inside a five inch by eleven inch section of a newspaper or the five inch by seven inch pages of a booklet.  Those dimensions are only guesses.  The software for newspapers will prohibit sentences in puzzles that start in one section and finish in another.  The software for booklets will prohibit paragraphs in the final draft that start in one section and finish in another.  The newspapers and publishers will also want to guarantee that the puzzles are not too hard or too easy.  So they will ask writers to only submit a final draft and some of their early drafts for the fourth section.  Then they will make the necessary changes.

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As for publishing short story/grammar puzzles in a newspaper, most of them should be very eager to do it because so many of them have gone bankrupt.  And small newspapers might be able to use grammar puzzles to help them publish weekly booklets similar to Reader’s Digest.  They will write their local stories every week via the internet on a large newspaper’s computers.  Then the large newspaper will write news articles about state, national, and international events that will also be printed in the booklets.  They will also mail the booklets.  And because people love both good stories and puzzles that are not too hard to solve, the demand curve could be increased by including grammar puzzles.  A prolific writer might be able to make a career for himself by writing a series of weekly grammar puzzles similar to a television show with the same characters every week.  And some publishing companies may even pay to have a scene from a novel printed as a grammar puzzle so they can promote the novel. 

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Large daily newspapers like the New York Times might also be able to increase their profits by publishing four to five flashcards every Sunday for the most important or most entertaining events of the prior week.  The flashcards should be published where the newspaper usually puts the opinions that are written by the newspaper’s editorial employees.   Then they can write the flashcards instead of an editorial(s) for Sunday and therefore more employees won’t have to be hired.  But some employees will have to volunteer to write the flashcards.  Or some employees will have to be forced to write flashcards.  Either way, this new product could be very popular with the public.  They will especially like any flashcards that they can print and then memorize and then give an impromptu speech about a topic.  You know, a topic like Joe Biden.  Or Donald Trump.  Or Vladimir Putin.   But every time they print and save another flashcard, they will be creating a personal library of flashcards that they will become proud of.  Then the weekly column of flashcards will become a must-read-every-week-column.  Which is probably not true for the editorials that are currently written on Sunday.   

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Large daily newspapers might also be able to increase their revenue or profits from their long form journalism by enabling their subscribers to buy print on demand books filled with newspaper articles that their subscribers read and then saved because they thought the stories were invaluable.   And small to medium sized daily newspapers might be able to improve their economics by publishing a semi-random daily sample of classified ads for cars, houses, and miscellaneous items.   Cars and houses are the two biggest purchases that most people make and periodically looking at the sample in the left upper corner of the second page would help them monitor both prices and product options.  And every time they look at a sample, they are going to be stimulated to look at other advertisements in the newspaper.  Indeed, they will be subconsciously stimulated to look at advertising even on the days they don’t glance at the sample.  Which will make advertising in newspapers a much more effective business strategy.  Moreover, the samples will create a demand curve for consumer information about many different kinds of products.  Thereupon every newspaper can have another supply curve that satisfies the demand curve they made.      

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And every newspaper will be able to generate good will for their business by publishing a two page flowchart of American History every year on the 4th of July.  With that date of publication, the information in the annual flowcharts should quickly change into the minimum amount of information that every American should know.  Even children will realize that they are going to be expected to know most of the information before they graduate from high school.  And the social pressure on the 4th of July to become better educated Americans could actually be made enjoyable by the newspapers also publishing news articles from one hundred years ago, two hundred years ago, three hundred years ago, and four hundred years ago.  

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Then the social pressure to become better educated could be made more effective by the newspapers also publishing on the 4th of July an exam with multiple choice questions and short essay questions.  The multiple choice questions would mainly be about information in the flowchart.  The short essays should cover problems that were exemplified in the real and simulated newspaper articles from one hundred, two hundred, three hundred, and four hundred years ago.  Hopefully some pride in our country will be generated every year by stimulating people to think about the progress that has been made since the beginning of our country.  Even if the questions and answers only affect people when they are lighting firecrackers, it will be an improvement.

Finally, another improvement could be made by the newspapers publishing book reviews of some of the most important history books published in the previous year.  And these book reviews should be more effective at promoting patriotism than the books they discuss because the reviews will always be very short and usually very well written.  So they will be read more often than the book they discuss.  But some of the books will be read because people were stimulated by the reviews to read the books.  Which will increase the education level of the average American.  And that should increase the number of people who buy newspapers.

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that deference could be reinforced by implementing an untested hypothesis about the benefits of learning how to write short stories and novels and generic essays.  As the instructions in the first section said about grammar puzzles — when someone has learned how to edit his own work, he has also learned how to write.  And good editing can only be done by evaluating every word and sentence for their appropriateness.  Which can be done sometimes by a self taught writer but usually requires being taught by an English teacher and practicing both the basics of grammar but also the impact of every word and sentence.  And this requires doing it enough times by writing a large enough variety of short stories and novels.  The strategy of a teacher using grammar puzzles may be the best method for learning and practicing basic grammar rules and the impact of words, sentences, and paragraphs.   This will probably be true for short stories, novels, and essays such as Supreme Court opinions and recipes that were written for a cookbook.  (The last statement implies that the recipes were written so that they would be easy and enjoyable as much as possible.  Which is an essential characteristic of good writing.  that were studied via grammar puzzles of the above both with short story, novel, and  More practice can be done by any form of communication that has been made effective or ineffective.   at one time every wrote letters for communicating then they stopped writing letters because of email and Facebook pages  but if you don’t write many emails and you hate Facebook, you can trying writing a diary the diary doesn’t have to be impressive, just writing a sentence or two every day will be enough, won’t need to do any editing of diary because will develop habit of editing sentences as you think of them and maybe occasionally review to mentally edit bad writing as for what to write in your diary, you write things like I cheated on my taxes today,

for thanksgiving and Christmas homework, break up class into group and give them thirty to forty pictures and them write a movie script

do Greek plays with chorus so everyone has a role even shy people don’t do any rehearsing    

Ironically, analyzing ineffective forms of communication can be very helpful because as this website posits, studying bad writing can help your commit to memory the principles of good writing.  And committing the principles to memory is probably  reading In other words, knowing why someone chose one noun versus other noun or one verb versus another verb can enable a listener to think and act like a street cop.   For example, lets say a eye witness to an to the death of  ‘

And knowing how the brain produces new ideas might help people produce more creative ideas more often   even under stressful conditions /X’ According to scientists, there is a leprechaun inside of everyone’s brain.  And he does the talking and writing for us.  He makes our decisions for us.  He even does the reading and learning for us.  ha ‘  But our leprechaun doesn’t have an easy job.  He for forever damned to walk, in a fog that prevents him from seeing several inches beyond his hands extended at their full length.  In the fog, however, there are words, phrases, concepts, songs, pictures, images swimming around like plankton in the ocean that is our subconscious.  And each word et al is represented by a single plankton.  And when our leprechaun is trying to write jokes by looking at words in a dictionary sees the word thinking of a word like there is a cascade of flashing lights the homunculus  will find the right plankton and why can some homunculus find jokes and others can’t the god neuron   coming from the individual plankton. 

charism of movies music lessons philosoA=phy lessons leperchaun in 

short stories easier to reach competeWnce and thus do all of the skill building for becoming a supercop cri\  leperchaun in brain and creativity

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P.S.  Hopefully you will also be curious about my recent idea for teaching writing lessons with grammar puzzles published by a major newspaper.  (go to grammarpuzzels dot org)  I mentioned it in the previous email but I have just started writing an explanation about a fringe benefit that can be derived from becoming a good writer.  This process requires doing a lot of practice with writing essays and editing them.  The editing is especially important for the fringe benefit from becoming a good writer.  The logic is simple but hasn’t been tested via control-group research.  But the fringe benefit should be extremely attractive for nearly everyone.  When a person learns how to edit, they have learned how to judge the appropriateness of every word in an essay.  In a book.  In a movie.  In a speech.  In a campaign commercial.  And the skill of editing has become the latest tool in law enforcement for detecting who is lying.  (I got this idea from a YouTube video)  The tool has been rigorously tested with control-group research and has passed with flying colors.  So anyone who learns how to be a good writer might be able to work like a cop who has to make snap judgments with the people he interacts with when he pulls someone over for a traffic violation.  This skill, just like the skill of being a good writer, can be learned with a lot of practice.  Which could be facilitated by buying a lot of newspapers and doing a lot of grammar puzzles.  Particularly if they start at a young age.  And almost everyone would like to have the skill sets of a street savvy policeman.  Even criminals.  And one more comment.  I am sure that you have been evaluating my personality by evaluating my writing.  So you have done what nearly everyone would like to do.  You have learned to evaluate what people are capable of doing by evaluating their choice of words and arrangement of sentences.  And you have learned or improved your native skills for this task by becoming a good editor of your writing.  Which is what many other people will want to do.  They will want to be able to quickly evaluate what a person is capable of doing just from evaluating their choice of words et al.  If that means working hard at becoming a good writer, they will try to work hard, at least for a short period of time, at becoming a good writer like you.  Again, any feedback you may want to provide will be greatly appreciated. 

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If some teachers would like to use grammar puzzles in their classrooms, hopefully they will be able to reinforce those lessons with several other ideas from my weird brain.   The first idea is to give the students two or three page essays with ten or more sentence transition words and phrases missing.  These transitions can include words such as and, but, or, however, because, nonetheless, when.  Some of the phrases can include in addition to on the other hand, as a result ‘ but when the essays are handed out a list of possible transitions must be included sometimes if the grammar puzzle has ten missing transition words, the list will have transition words that will be assigned to their rightful place  but other times the list will have fifteen to twenty      essays with prepositions clauses that should be turned into sentences. compound sentences that must be changed into two sentences but some of the compound sentences should be left alone.

another method is to use an actor’s technique for being more comfortable in front of an audience.  This procedure is to make funny faces in front of the teacher and his classmates.  show a collection of interesting pictures or pictures that are beautiful or that tell a story-  good writing will obviously make a story more enjoyable with vivid words but regular prose more understandable with bigger vocabulary and able to speak more fluently start by doing while looking at teacher change to breaking up into small groups  some people won’t like 

give students a collection of ten pictures and have them arrange them into a story  

 

if collect all relevant facts better and able to memorize better verbal presentations by putting information in numbered outline with visualizations but hasn’t worked yet for me  keep a diary i prefer to only write on one page on the right side because i am right handed bland weather reports it rained today don’t worry about editing will gradually begin to be more thoughtful about writing and do the editing while writing  also curiosity will get people to read old notes and thereby study bad writing  don’t write anything that will be useful or embarrassing in a courtroom  supreme court should protect diaries like conversations with personal attorne

 

And maybe that deference could be reinforced by implementing an untested hypothesis about the benefits of learning how to write short stories and novels.  As the instructions about the first section for a grammar puzzle said — when someone has learned how to edit his own work, he has also learned how to write.  And good writing and good editing can only be done by evaluating every word and sentence in a short story or novel for their appropriateness.  Which can be done sometimes by a self taught writer but usually requires being taught and practicing both the basics of grammar but also the impact of every word and sentence and how there are arranged.  And this requires doing it enough times by writing a large enough variety of short stories and novels.  The strategy of a teacher using grammar puzzles may be the best method for learning and practicing basic grammar rules and the impact of words, sentences, and paragraphs.   This will probably be true for short stories, novels, and essays such as Supreme Court opinions and recipes that were written for a cookbook.  (The last statement implies that the recipes were written so that they would be easy and enjoyable as much as possible.  Which is an essential characteristic of good writing.  that were studied via grammar puzzles of the above both with short story, novel, and  More practice can be done by any form of communication that has been made effective or ineffective.  Ironically, analyzing ineffective forms of communication can be very helpful because as this website posits, studying bad writing can help your commit to memory the principles of good writing.  And committing the principles to memory is probably  reading In other words, knowing why someone chose one noun versus other noun or one verb versus another verb can enable a listener to think and act like a street cop.   For example, lets say a eye witness to an to the death of

 

short stories easier to reach competence and thus do all of the skill building for becoming a supercop cri\

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As for the booklets, a typical booklet will have three to five short stories.  Or it could have three to five chapters for a short novel.  The stories will be printed in two versions.  The first page will show the story title and the author’s name.  Then the puzzle version for the first story or first chapter will be put on pages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, and 26.  And the third page will display a picture or drawing similar to the pictures or drawings on book covers.  Then the actual story with no errors will be printed on pages 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, and 28/29.  So when a reader makes all of the corrections on an even numbered page, he can flip over the adjacent page and look at the actual story printed on the designated odd numbered page.  The first four sections of the puzzle will be three pages apiece but the fifth section will be a one page movie script and it will be printed on the twenty-sixth page.  Then the prose version for the script will be on the twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth pages.  After the last puzzle, there will be some advice about grammar and writing skills.  To make the booklets for children more enjoyable, the puzzles should be printed right side up and the actual stories should be printed upside down.  Children will enjoy learning how to read upside down because it will improve their spelling. 

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(In the future, publishers will create software that enables writers to make their stories fit inside a five inch by eleven inch section of a newspaper or the five inch by seven inch pages of a booklet.  Those dimensions are only guesses.  The software for newspapers will prohibit sentences in puzzles that start in one section and finish in another.  The software for booklets will prohibit paragraphs in the final draft that start in one section and finish in another.  The newspapers and publishers will also want to guarantee that the puzzles are not too hard or too easy.  So they will ask writers to only submit a final draft and some of their early drafts for the fourth section.  Then they will make the necessary changes.) 

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As for publishing short story/grammar puzzles in a newspaper, most of them should be very eager to do it because so many of them have gone bankrupt.  And small newspapers might be able to use grammar puzzles to help them publish weekly booklets similar to Reader’s Digest.  They will write their local stories every week via the internet on a large newspaper’s computers.  Then the large newspaper will write news articles about state, national, and international events that will also be printed in the booklets.  They will also mail the booklets.  And because people love both good stories and puzzles that are not too hard to solve, the demand curve could be increased by including grammar puzzles.  A prolific writer might be able to make a career for himself by writing a series of weekly grammar puzzles similar to a television show with the same characters every week.  And some publishing companies may even pay to have a scene from a novel printed as a grammar puzzle so they can promote the novel. 

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Large daily newspapers like the New York Times might be able to also increase their profits from publishing long form journalism by enabling their subscribers to buy print on demand books filled with newspaper articles that their subscribers read and then saved because they thought the stories were invaluable.   And medium sized daily newspapers might be able to improve their financial situation by publishing a semi-random daily sample of classified ads for cars, houses, and miscellaneous items.   Cars and houses are the two biggest purchases that most people make and periodically looking at the sample in the left upper corner of the second page would help them monitor both prices and product options.  And every time they look at a sample, they are going to be stimulated to look at other advertisements in the newspaper.  Indeed, they will be subconsciously stimulated to look at advertising even on the days they don’t glance at the sample.  Which will make advertising in newspapers a much more effective business strategy.  Moreover, the samples will create a demand curve for consumer information about many different kinds of products.  Thereupon every newspaper can have another supply curve that satisfies the demand curve they made.      

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And I have idea for newspapers increase their demand curve by promoting patriotism and American History at the same time.  The most important step in this proposal is for newspapers to publish a two page flowchart of American History every year on the 4th of July.  With that date of publication, the information in the annual flowcharts should quickly change into the minimum amount of information that every American should know.  Even children will realize that they are going to be expected to know most of the information before they graduate from high school.  And the social pressure on the 4th of July to become better educated Americans could actually be made enjoyable by the newspaper publishing news articles from one hundred years ago, two hundred years ago, three hundred years ago, and four hundred years ago. 

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Then the social pressure to become more patriotic could be made more serious by the newspapers also publishing on the 4th of July an exam with multiple choice questions and short essay questions.  ,–

H -The multiple choice questions would mainly be about information in the flowchart.  The short essays should cover problems that were exemplified in the real and simulated newspaper articles from one hundred, two hundred, three hundred, and four hundred years ago.  Hopefully some pride in our country will be generated every year by stimulating people to think about the reforms that have been made since the beginning of our country.  And maybe some guilt about the reforms that haven’t been made.  Even if people only read the questions, and not the answers, that could be enough to affect their attitudes when they are lighting firecrackers.
Finally, another improvement could be made by the newspapers publishing book reviews of some of the most important history books published in the previous year.  And these book reviews should be more effective at promoting patriotism than the books they discuss because the reviews will always be very short and usually very well written.  So they will be read more often than the book they discuss.  But some of the books will be read because people were stimulated by the reviews to read the books.  Which could convince many conservatives that our Founding Fathers believed in both the negative rights of freedom and the positive rights of freedom.
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Stanley Krauter  

Lincoln, Nebraska  68508

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Would you please consider a simple idea for promoting your next book? 

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If the book has an expanded Table of Contents with subtitles or blurbs for each chapter, the book can be promoted by saying that it comes with a free workbook and study guide.  After all, the free workbook and study can be created just by putting blank pages and the expanded Table of Contents in the back of the book.  And people love to save money by buying something that comes with a free gift.  The blank pages will be on the even numbered pages and the expanded Table of Contents on the odd numbered pages.  The subtitles or section blurbs for a chapter that start on one page should not finish on another page.  The Table of Contents in the front of the book will only have a list of chapter titles. 

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With blank pages in the back of a non-fiction book, reading will become both more enjoyable and more effective because enjoys discovering brilliant ideas when they are reading.  Especially if they are a writer who is searching for an inspiration or a quotable resource.  And the blank pages will enable them to immediately write down their discoveries.  Which will intensity the eureka sensation they feel when they discover a brilliant idea  Moreover, this extra enjoyment could stimulate many people at a subconscious level to become more alert as active readers without exerting themselves.  So a new normal in reading books will automatically be created.  Also, writing notes can force readers to think about an issue long enough to write coherent notes.  That is, of course, another form of studying that people should do more often.   

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And many writers will use the blank pages to create personalized indexes of important information.  Then they won’t have to search through hundreds of pages to find the fact or quote that they want to use.  This fringe benefit could be so important that most writers, and maybe some reporters, will want to experiment with the first book they can buy that has blank pages and an expanded Table of Contents in the back of the book.  It shouldn’t take very long for them to realize that every non-fiction book should have blank pages and a study guide in the back.  As a result, one of the them will insist that the next book they write must be published with blank pages and a study guide.  Which will enable them to promote their book by saying that every reader can immediately make his new book more valuable by writing notes in the blank pages.

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The expanded Table of Contents in the back of a book, aka the study guide, should also make reading both more enjoyable and more effective because many readers will periodically look at it after reading an exciting chapter.  Just like sports fans watching instant replay after seeing an exciting play.  (They can also be stimulated to look at the instant replays more often by putting Pavlovian Nouns in every chapter, at the end of every chapter, and in the study guide in the back of the book.)  And when readers briefly review a chapter or chapters by briefly looking at the expanded Table of Contents, they will subconsciously reinforce their memory of what they have read.  Which is another studying technique that people should do more often.  But they aren’t doing the reviews now because it’s usually too boring for them to review what they have just finished reviewing.  And if they ever mentally review a chapter without their notes or the author’s note, they may not correctly remember what they are trying to review.  Naturally, that problem could be solved by taking notes while reading but most people won’t do it because it is too much work.  Ergo, readers need a carefully written study guide or an expanded Table of Contents in the back of every non-fiction book so they can correctly review what they have just read.  They also need to be stimulated to do those reviews more often by looking at a blurb of Pavlovian Nouns at the end of every chapter.

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(Pavlovian Nouns are nouns or noun phrases that appear as the first word or phrase in a subtitle or the first sentence of a chapter section.  In that position, they work as memory cues for studying the entire book with the memory techniques that scholars used before the printing press was invented.  Moreover, they can also work as reminders at the start of every section that readers should review the relevant chapter outline in the back of the book when they stop reading.  Then if the Pavlovian Nouns from a chapter are also listed in a blurb at the end of the chapter, readers will usually see them when they finish a chapter and sometimes stimulated to think about what they have just read.  Sort of like a driver seeing a flashing yellow light at a busy intersection.  And after reviewing a Pavlovian Noun at the end of a chapter, some readers may become excited enough enough to go to the back of the book and review some other chapters with the expanded Table of Contents.  To make the Pavlovian Nouns and Pavlovian Blurbs more effective, they should always be published in a larger than normal font and a Pavlovian Blurb at the end of a chapter must never start on one page and finish on another page.)  

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Then if the Table of Contents that is printed in the front of the book is also printed on just one page in the back of book right before the blank pages and study guide, readers will be able to review the entire book in only a couple of seconds.  Yes, a one page review won’t be as thorough as rereading the entire book, or as thorough as reviewing all of the subtitles and section burbs, but readers only review the Table of Contents in the back of the book if they believe that they are benefiting from it.  But even if they look at the page unintentionally, their innate curiosity could be stimulated enough to briefly review it for several seconds.  Which could be a long enough stimulus for them to decide that they should reread a chapter(s).  Or the entire book.  In addition, some people will want to use the Table of Contents in the back of the book as a source of memory cues for mind mapping the entire book.  This is studying technique used by many modern scholars who weren’t born with a photographic memory.  And mind mapping could become more popular with the general public because the first step has already been done with the Table of Contents in the back of the book.  And the second step has been done with the chapter subtitles or section blurbs in the back of the book.  And the third step will have been started whenever a reader writes notes on the blank pages in the back of the book.  

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X  And with Pavlovian Nouns inside every chapter, it could become easier for some people with a reading problem to read books and even stay in school.  For them, reading a book is similar to climbing a mountain with no places to rest.  A problem they can avoid by not reading books and dropping out of school.  But the Pavlovian Nouns will create memory cues that can work as resting places where they can periodically stop and look at what they have accomplished.  And this can be reinforced by writing the memory cues on a book mark for the chapter or looking at the Pavlovian Blurb at the end of the chapter.  Either way, the list of nouns will be short enough that someone with a reading problem should be able to memorize some of the words, or maybe even the entire list, with only a small amount of effort.  (If subtitles are used instead of Pavlovian Nouns, readers will have to work harder to memorize the information.)  And the process of rote memorization, which is the old fashioned method of silently chanting a list of words or concepts until they are memorized, could be very relaxing for someone with a reading problem.  It will be something they can do while they rest before continuing to climb the mountain they are trying to read.  This will increase their confidence.  Then that something will increase what they remember from reading.  Which will increase their desire to read books.   

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With blank pages and a study guide in the back, textbooks can also become more effective.  They are currently optimized for learning but not for studying.  That is why college students vandalize their textbooks by underlining important words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs.  But their vandalism is not as effective as it could be because the information is spread out over hundreds of pages.  But if the students could write notes in the back of the textbook — on sticky notes that can be edited later on —  all of their notes will be in just one place.  And the study guide camouflaged as an expanded Table of Contents will work as the equivalent of notes that the author(s) wrote while writing the textbook.  Moreover, both the notes on the blank pages and the simulated notes in the study guide will be compatible with all of the studying techniques that sundry experts recommend as the best studying technique.  These techniques include but are not limited to previewing, self-testing, summarizing, spacing, interweaving, blocking time, journaling,,,,   

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Ironically, some textbooks could become more effective if they optimized for studying instead of learning.  One of the ways for doing this is to use paperback books as textbooks instead of the traditional jumbo textbooks.  The smaller paperback books will not only be more effective for studying but also more affordable for people who will probably never buy a college textbook unless it is both cheaper and more user friendly for studying.  And I think I know how it can be done but I want a rich benefactor to help me do an experiment with different academic topics.  I don’t want to work with a textbook publisher because they will probably be too conservative to implement all of my ideas.  I have thought about raising money via a crowdfunding site but I will need help hiring writers.  So the best option is to find a rich benefactor who can find qualified writers for me.  And because I am a liberal, the benefactor and writers must also be liberals.  

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Finally, more books could be sold if an author writes a very short introduction and the introduction is printed in a narrow column similar to a newspaper column.  The narrow column would waste a lot of valuable space but it would force authors to concentrate on writing about just one Big Idea for their books.  Then because the introduction is both short and visually distinctive, it will be attractive for people to read when they are standing in a bookstore and trying to decide if they should buy the book.  And if the author has written a very short but really captivating explanation of his Big Idea, they will probably buy it and immediately read it when they get home.  And they will also probably reread the book when they eventually feel an impulse to reread the introduction.  Which is a form of studying because the first time someone reads a book, they are learning.  But when they reread the book, they are studying.  So the short introductions will create a new demand curve for studying.  No one will know how big this demand curve can be because no one has ever tried to measure it.  Indeed, no one ever knew that it existed.  Therefore the first author that writes a book with blank pages and a study guide in the back of their book will be known as the Christopher Columbus of publishing.  The other authors will 

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P.S.  Even more books could be sold if an author writes a very short introduction and the introduction is printed in a narrow column similar to a newspaper column.  That would waste a lot of valuable space but it would force the author to concentrate on writing about just one Big Idea for his book.  Then because the introduction is both short and visually distinctive, it will be attractive for people to read when they are standing in a bookstore and trying to decide if they should buy the book.  And if the author has written a very short but really captivating explanation of his Big Idea, they will probably buy it.    

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P.S.  An experiment with blank pages and chapter outlines in the back section of fiction books could be done with some of the books that high school and college students are required to read when they take a literature class.  Authors may also be able to promote their books by describing the blank pages and study guide as the most important improvement in the history of publishing since the invention of the exclamation point?  Which is the kind of sales pitch that should be very appealing with a specific market niche.  Reporters!  They love simple sound bites.    

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