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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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More on Revising

Editing and proofreading fiddles with copy, revising recasts. One of our writers submitted a page with this paragraph. He is a fine writer but under deadline for this piece. I have more time as I am generally not doing original … 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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Why I Didn’t Write For More Than Twenty Years

Because my high school life was so wretched (internal link), I hesitated to join anything extra-circular, anything that deviated from the main goal of getting out of that prison. It was such a killing environment that I never went to … Continue reading

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Why Do You Have Ads on Your Site?

The most unprofessional thing a job applicant or anyone showing off their work can have on their website are ads. It is absolutely devastating to see fine writing or photography mixed in with ads that talk about emptying your bowels … Continue reading

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You Do Not Control The Weather

Gathering images should be top of mind for any writer working under deadline. Most publications require you to submit your own images. If you can’t produce them yourself, you need to look at stock photography or public domain photos immediately … 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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A Visit To The East

Basho wrote a favorite poem of mine, once translated as, “Sitting here quietly doing nothing, the grass comes and grows by itself.” The best and most traditional haiku always contains a seasonal reference. Like springtime above. Instructors rarely mention seasons … Continue reading

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More Examples of Wikipedia Entries

Update: I’ve now decided to continue to post pictures to Wikimedia Commons but I will not be adding them to any relevant page on Wikipedia as a rule. Wikipedia does not want to be a photo gallery and I understand … 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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