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Whittling Words

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very.’ Otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” C.S. Lewis Wordy writing — we’ve all been guilty of … Continue reading

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Revision Pitfalls

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.”    Mark Twain Revision is not a walk in the park for most of us — it’s a necessary stage on the road … Continue reading

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Green Light

Here’s one pastime that’s always a pleasure for me: Hunting for new tools and approaches we can all fruitfully use to improve our writing. My search just turned up approach that sounds playful as well as productive — a winning … Continue reading

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Ink Fishing

“Write is a verb.” reg e gaines Poet, playwright, Grand Slam Champ, author, and teacher extraordinaire — reg e gaines is a Renaissance man with a passion for rhythm, language, and image. Spending an evening with him at a Write … Continue reading

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Weak Words

“All the fun’s in how you say a thing.” Robert Frost Sometimes, we’re so busy getting our story out of our head and down on paper, or so obsessed with working out plot glitches, that we become inattentive on the … Continue reading

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First Thoughts

“Our first thoughts on starting a story are always wrong.” Richard Peck “The work itself will teach you” — this old Estonian proverb says it all about improving our craft: We learn to write by writing. Still, along with playing … Continue reading

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Nervy Verbs

Quick quiz: Which is a better punch-line word: “pickle” or “ice”? According to comedy writers, the answer is “pickle,” because consonants sound funnier than vowels. Who knew? Needless to say, there are all kinds of ideas out there about revising … Continue reading

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