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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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CBS Claims Unbiased Reporting

CBS claims in their latest advertising that they offer unbiased reporting. How stupid do they think we are? Everyone knows that reporting is biased to a greater or lesser degree. Every reporter and every editor and every network CEO has … Continue reading

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Fighting Wordiness

I once revised copy for a painter’s home page. The original text was only 250 words or so. These changes were the most important. It’s not just about reducing word count but making text more direct and impactful. Fighting wordiness … Continue reading

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Shun “tion”

Slow and Soft Notice how slow and soft these “tion” words are compared to their more active counterparts: division, dividing multiplication, multiplying addition, adding revision, revising motivation, motivating contention, contending summation, summary Shunning “tion” in Practice “tion” deadens writing I … 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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10 Minutes of a Writer’s Observations

Proofreading, comprehension, the value of the right translation, and who to read on Zen. ROUGH TRANSCRIPT OK, 10 minutes of a writer’s observations, my perspective. If you are writing something that is particularly critical, like in the law or good … Continue reading

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My 1,000th Post

This is my 1,000th post at this site. Posting began here in 2013. I have been writing on the internet since mid-1994 and before that in walled gardens like Compuserve as well as bulletin boards before that. I did quite … Continue reading

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Can Writing a Certain Amount of Words a Day Improve Your Writing?

ROUGH TRANSCRIPT Can you improve as a writer by writing a certain amount of words every day? I have heard this advice over the years or read this advice over the years. I remember Ray Bradbury in particular. I think … Continue reading

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We The Few . . .

We The Few . . . I found an interesting web page with its content below, as various people phrase a common thought in various ways. Here’s the thought: “I’ve done so much, with so little, for so long, that … Continue reading

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Amen and Awoman?!

Monday, January 4, 2021 “When I use a word,”Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘It means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” In the news this morning: “Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., altered … Continue reading

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