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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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Eliminating Parentheses. Or, Maybe Not.

I think parentheses look strange and make a sentence choppy. Also, once a writer starts using parentheses, they tend to use them more and more, for reasons I can’t explain. Like semi-colons, once used, they proliferate. The original paragraph reads … Continue reading

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Morning Musings on Writing

If I had more time I’d write you a shorter letter. Variously attributed Is shorter writing more vigorous writing? All things being equal, is a 300 word essay on penicillin more vigorous than a 3000 word essay? It could certainly … Continue reading

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