Category Archives: Rules for Writing

A 140 Character Life – A Lexicon’s Survival of the Fittest

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A few months ago, NPR published a brief obituary for the longest word in the German language, which was laid to rest recently by German lawmakers. The word, a 63-letter tongue twister that looks more like a typo, is rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. … Continue reading

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The Art of the BCC | Learn From Craigslist Joe How to Properly BCC Mass Emails

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone sends out a mass emails but doesn’t BCC (blind carbon copy) the email addresses. With one click, not only do they share your email address with the world (making it susceptible … Continue reading

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Obscure Collective Nouns for a Worship of Writers

Back in the 15th Century, collective nouns were all the rage. The system, which assigns a different word for “group” depending on the animal being referred to, was the brainchild of English hunters who wanted to distinguish each of their … Continue reading

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There’s A Foreign Word For That – Useful Words That Don’t Exist In English

Even the greatest wordsmiths have moments when they just can’t find the right word. Sometimes it’s because of a brain lapse, and other times, it’s because we’re just not sure what we’re trying to say. But sometimes, the word may … Continue reading

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Unblock The Writer’s Block

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“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” Margaret Atwood We’ve all been there: The blank sheet of paper taunts us. The pen turns into a torture device, moving so lethargically across the page that forming each … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood – Rules For Writers (Pencils, A Firm Grip On Reality, and Prayer)

It’s that time again… Ten rules about writing from someone who knows a thing or two about it. Margaret Atwood is an esteemed poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist who the Economist has hailed as a “scintillating wordsmith.” … Continue reading

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Screenwriter With A Day Job – An Interview With Bryan Dick

I’ve known Bryan for a year and one thing that’s always impressed me is despite having a full-time job working for Imagine, a major, major, major film and television production company, is this guy writes more than most unemployed screenwriters. … Continue reading

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Will Self’s Rules for Writing

Will Self is a British novelist and short story writer. And he has written, and published… a lot (including The Book of Dave, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Cock and Bull and Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy … Continue reading

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George Orwell’s Rules For Writing (The Best Ones Yet)

In 1943, George Orwell (of 1984 and Animal Farm fame) gave us a gift that I bet most of you don’t know about. It’s an essay called “Politics and the English Language” and it contains his rules for good writing. … Continue reading

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Rules For Writing By Novelist Laura Dave

If you haven’t read any of Laura’s books, they offer a witty, thoughtful and authentic take on love and relationships through engaging tales about people breaking up, getting together and learning a whole lot about themselves in the process. Her … Continue reading

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