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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Book versus Movie Script

A novel and its screenplay well demonstrate the skills of revising and editing. A book must be pared down to fit a film’s run length and to eliminate much of the scene setting in a novel done with words and … Continue reading

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A Few Good Lines From a Few Good Men

Thomas Guy Farley Testifies in Court on thomasfarleyblog.com LTJG Kaffee: Mr. Farley. Did you build the website thomasfarleyblog.com? Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question! Farley: I’ll answer the question. You want answers? LTJG Kaffee: I think I’m … Continue reading

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What Content Authority Means in SEO and Why it is Important

January 2, 2021 What Does Content Authority Mean? Content authority means a website that Google considers an encyclopedic reference to a particular field or topic. Any practitioner in a highly competitive market should have this Wikipedia like presence if they can … Continue reading

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Problematic

Overly sensitive types at the start of the Snowflake Era began substituting the word “problem” for the word “issue.” Today, “issues” is everywhere. Your car no longer has any problems but instead a number of issues to be taken care … Continue reading

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Rewriting F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve always liked the following sentence from the Great Gatsby but I’m bothered by how  “careless” and “carelessness” are found so close together. Fitzgerald is making an important point in this sentence but the second use doesn’t expand on what … Continue reading

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Writing Within Different Styles Part 1 (Repost – additions and corrections)

Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1) Little writing is more stilted or conforming to its trade than legal writing. Anything submitted to the court must sound legal, just as the IRS tax Code must sound like all that previously written … Continue reading

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Let’s Return to Direct Lead Paragraphs

A Wandering Lead and Three Revisions Writers must compose direct lead paragraphs or risk losing readers. A wandering opening finds readers lost, wandering somewhere else. A direct opening can’t guarantee that a reader will continue but a clear, direct path … Continue reading

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Revised Post on Revising

NB: I wrote this post last year and titled it “More on Revising.” (internal link) I noticed tonight that it needed more work so I have revised this post on revising. Argh. Editing never ends. More on Revising — Updated … Continue reading

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Not Only

Not Only “Not only” is a phrase which brings negativity to a piece and prevents you from directly and quickly stating your position. Original: Not only is ice cream tastier than sherbet but it appeals to more people. Revised Ice … Continue reading

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Real Life Word Problems

Few online editors rely on a manual of style anymore like CMOS. They may have a self-developed style sheet but that’s it. Complicated word problems are the province of editors with university presses, literary reviews, or those hardcopy editors working … Continue reading

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