Language

Research on Writing How-To Continues

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In an effort to better understand what separates “good” writing from “bad” writing, I’ve been taking advantage of free ebook offerings via Amazon, iBooks and Wattpad. It’s helping my understanding considerably. It’s not just mechanics and word choice, it’s consistency (ever read a 25-cent word thrown in like the author just learned it and was determined to use it even if it disrupts the flow?). It’s not just the characters and background detail, it’s how you present them. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Consideration of Others

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Said a Blade of Grass

Several weeks ago, I ran across this post about Kahlil Gibran and his poem “Said a Blade of Grass”I can appreciate the point to the post as well as the poem, even though I’d never heard of this particular poet before. It got me thinking, and that’s the door where understanding can come in…

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On Writing (review)

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On Writing

I decided that if there is a halfway decent story inside me, and even so much as a feather’s chance in hell it will ever see daylight, I’d better do some research on how best I might make that happen. Naturally, start with what you already have available, so… Read the rest of this entry »

Words: When Language Breaks Down

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Conversation

I have a theory on language communication: words only work so far and our biggest problem is in assuming they are enough. Here I am trying to explain my theory on the different concepts of words by using words… hmm, bear with me… Read the rest of this entry »