Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

Revising Work From Overseas

In today’s interconnected world, editors may be asked to edit and revise the work of people for whom English is not their first language. While I am revising these writer’s efforts, I am humbled knowing I could never write in … Continue reading

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What is Your Nom de Plume?

A nom de plume is a pen name or alias. Mine is Fresno Bob. I rarely use it but I like its obscurity factor. Fresno Bob is a character we never see in John Carpenter’s movie Escape From New York. … Continue reading

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The Darkest Performance by Johnny Cash

With his voice giving out, Johnny Cash gave a rousing, sometimes joyous rendition of Cocaine Blues in his famous 1968 Folsom Prison concert. Best known from that concert was Folsom Prison Blues, with Cash delivering its signature line, “I shot … Continue reading

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Revising, Style and Time

Tighter writing is better writing by making reading and comprehending easier. That writing, though, takes time and alters the style of a piece. In revising other people’s writing, crisp writing costs. Before: There are various underlying causes as to why … Continue reading

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The Unknown Orwell

Although Orwell is best known for 1984 and Animal Farm, his greatest writing may have been his first novel, Down and Out in Paris and London. (external link) It is rarely reviewed or mentioned yet it is powerful, hammering work. … Continue reading

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Word Count Out of Control!

I’ve reached 64,000 words with many more road trips and subjects to explain before my August deadline. I can easily see the word count going to 80,000. But my contract calls for 50,000 to 60,000. There is no way my … Continue reading

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Is This a British Attitude or Something Else?

I was astounded by this writing from Wallpaper* Magazine (external link). ┬áThis review talks about equality at the same time they admire a private club with a “suitably rigorous admittance process.” This sounds like the same upper class that Orwell … Continue reading

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