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V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginning Writers

Make no mistake—no matter what you think about V.S. Naipaul as a person, the man is an incredible writer.

With that, his advice on writing goes a long way. Here are his 7 tips for beginning writers (via Boing Boing), but I believe these rules are applicable for writers of any experience level. Read more

What’s Your Favorite Punctuation Mark?

Today’s Monday Question is simple.

Let’s follow up Friday’s post by letting you chime in on your favorite punctuation mark.

You already know mine—the question mark. Question marks make the world go round. They are the gateway to all knowledge.

But what about you?

You a fan of the period, the semicolon, the dreaded ellipses? Do tell!

Punctuation, Ranked

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

T.S. Eliot Explains The Problem With Modern Day Writing

Keep in mind, he said this in 1921.

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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’ll Have The Rejected Manuscript, Bartender

I’m shopping a book idea around at the moment, so I’ll take a strong rejected manuscript, please, on the rocks.

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I’ve featured Tom Gauld on the blog before. His cartoons are awesome.

Check them out. 

5 Ways To Generate Blog Post Ideas

This marks my 954th post on 101 Books.

Four years ago, I would’ve laughed if you told me I would publish that many posts on this blog. How could I possibly write 954 posts about a list of books?

But you’d be surprised at how relatively easy it is to come up with topics once you make a habit out of coming up with topics. I’ve figured out a few ways to build brainstorming into my everyday life, without taking up a chunk of time I don’t have.

That’s really helped me generate new ideas for the blog, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips with you guys. If you have a blog, maybe you might find one or two worth your time. Read more

9 Times An Editor Would’ve Helped

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

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