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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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We Are All Locked in The Greenhouse

This sign used to hang in one of the many greenhouses on the U.C. Davis campus. I like its chatty, humorous tone, something rarely seen when needing help. It also reminds me of Kafka’s The Castle, in which a driven … Continue reading

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Who Are We Writing For?

Who Are We Writing For? OR For Whom are We Writing?¬† (I can’t decide which title is grammatically correct) Who am I writing for? ¬†That is the most important question to answer before writing for publication. The final answer, though, … Continue reading

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Another Revising Example

Before: In certain cases, an existing Texas child custody order may need to be modified by a court after custody has been initially determined. This means you can request a court to modify a custody order when a new and … Continue reading

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Taking a New Course Through Berkeley Extension

I’ve signed up for Writing for Social Media: Prose That Works for Web 2.0. (external link) Starts the first week of February and runs for a month and a half. The course number is English X468. I previously took a … Continue reading

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Shun “tion” in Revising

I recently worked on this paragraph from one of our writers. Mentioning the state name repeatedly is for SEO purposes. Original “Assets and debts division is frequently a major point of contention for divorcing couples in Arkansas. As a rule, … Continue reading

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Writing for Free

I recently corresponded with a friend who is an authority in the rock, gem and mineral trade. He laments that he has never been paid for his writing, even for a newspaper that he contributes to. His writing mainly sits … Continue reading

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Notes to Other Writers Using Word and Acrobat DC

This discussion is what Americans call inside baseball. Every non-writer can safely tune out. I’m using the latest version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, as well as the expensive Adobe Acrobat DC for creating .pdf files. After much experimenting … Continue reading

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Does a Book Validate You as A Writer?

It’s in every writer’s DNA to want to have a book published but it’s not necessary to prove a writer’s worth. I make little money from my writing but I am still a professional and proud of it. Writing can … Continue reading

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What Would You Prefer?

I might end my relation with my publisher and put what I have written online for free. What do you think? Would you prefer a hardcopy book that you would have to pay for, something admittedly convenient, or could you … Continue reading

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