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Does Fear Hold You Back?

If you think about it, how much of what we do in our daily lives is motivated by fear?

In an interview with Wyatt Mason for The New York Times in October 2014, Robinson talked about how the emotion of fear has infiltrated our culture like never before. Read more

What Your Editor’s Notes Really Mean

If you’ve ever worked with an editor, you know that receiving a colorful track-changes-filled document back isn’t uncommon.

Some editors are straight to the point. Others can be a little too friendly and encouraging when tough love might work better.

In both cases, editors have their own little language with accompanying symbols. So it helps if you can interpret what they’re ACTUALLY saying and read between the lines. Having been brutally edited more times than I’d like to admit, I’m well-versed in editor speak.

So here’s my little guide to interpret what your editor actually means: Read more

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. 

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