Make no mistake—no matter what you think about V.S. Naipaul as a person, the man is an incredible writer.
Posts from the ‘On Writing’ Category
Not all punctuation is created equal. In relation to English grammar, I believe some punctuation just flat out sucks and should rarely be used.
That’s what today’s post is about. This is a bare bones, no frills, blunt, completely subjective look at the deep, seedy, grimey world of English punctuation.
I’ll rank the ten most often used pieces of punctuation from bottom to top: Read more
Keep in mind, he said this in 1921.
That comes from Eliot’s The Perfect Critic. Photo and credit to K Street Hipster on Twitter.
I’ve read that quote several times. And, the more I read it, the more I realize how it’s about much more than just writing. It’s about debate and how we gain knowledge.
That last sentence really struck a chord with me: “And when we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.”
How insightful is that? Think of online debates about Michael Brown or Eric Garner. Think of any debate or argument, really, online or not. How often do we let emotion get in the way of rational thought?
Great stuff from T.S. Eliot more than 90 years ago.
I keep going back to this Paris Review interview with Kingsley Amis, just because it has so many good nuggets of wisdom and insight. And, yes, I just used the word “nugget.” Be thankful I didn’t say “moist nugget.”
Anyway, here’s what Amis has to say about writing humor: Read more
Editors are my favorite.
They are the unsung heroes of the content world. Writers get all the credit, but editors make the content sing.
If someone ever tells you that editing isn’t that important, or that anyone can do it, or that you don’t really need to hire an editor for your article or book, then you should know this: You’ve just received the worse piece of writing advice in the history of writing advice.
Everyone needs an editor. Even the President of the United States.
Need proof? Here are just a few of the many times using an editor would have been highly beneficial. Read more
A while back, I wrote a piece about why the Creative Writing MFA isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be in securing one’s future as a writer.
As a writer without one, I’ve done fine with just an English degree. But some writers swear by the Creative Writing MFA.