Category Archives: revising writing

Three Good Paragraphs

I’m happy if I can write three good paragraphs in a row. In my now dead book project of 60,000 words, I probably had 11 or 12 instances in which I produced a set of three good paragraphs. I still … Continue reading

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Bad Revising

My last post was on how I revised the work of a writer on our team. (internal link). The next example is of bad revising, in which some unknown scriptwriter revises the book of one of the greatest minds of … Continue reading

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Sit Rep

Hope you are well or well enough. Just got back from Utah. People and families are on the move for the summer, with my hotel completely booked for the weekend and surrounding hotels looking equally crowded. Good days of exploring … Continue reading

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Good Writing is Unnatural

First draft writing resembles contemporaneous speaking. Record yourself for five minutes delivering an impromptu speech on a subject and then transcribe it. Then think about how far it is from tight, vigorous, organized writing. It’s a long way. We think … Continue reading

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Back to The Song of Roland

The Song of Roland Back to the Song of Roland, that “anonymous old French epic, dating perhaps as early as the middle 11th century.” If you’ve been turned off by old poetry, you may just be reading the wrong translation. … Continue reading

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Onboard with Wikimedia Commons!

Yay! I’ve just published my first photograph to Wikimedia Commons, a source of many images on Wikipedia.com. I had considered making photo galleries for the better, unused photographs that were to appear in my original book, however, that would be … Continue reading

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Places to Visit and Collect in The Southwest

When I accepted my now-failed rockhound book contract (internal link), a chapter was to be on places to visit and collect in the Southwest. Since the end of that contract, I have been working on enlarging that chapter. I thought … Continue reading

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Burying The Lead

What Happened? About fifteen or twenty years ago a dramatic change occurred in much of reporting. Hard opening paragraphs were replaced with soft. This approach now infects all manner of writing, in and out of journalism. That includes television and … Continue reading

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Deeper Into SEO

Search engine optimization means producing high ranking web pages. Quality content isn’t enough, that content must employ a variety of techniques to get your client’s website on the first or second page of Google’s search results. A company might produce … Continue reading

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Quick Takes

The preview for episode four of “Picard” shows Patrick Stewart’s character saying, “One impossible thing at a time.” No. Better, “One miracle at a time.” Which reminded me of what of a rarely said but accepted motto for our group … Continue reading

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