Sunshine, Cross-Referenced to Amen Corner

My colleague (not that I have just the one, only that he is the colleague with whom I work most closely these days) sent me this, a post by Roy Peter Clark on William Zinsser‘s On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction.I must go now. I feel inspired to delete extraneous words from […]

If It’s Broke

At Children’s Book Insider, Laura Backes offers common problems in stories for children, which are common problems in all narrative writing (thin plot, bad plot, flat characters, and bland, obnoxious, or otherwise unappealing voice), and concludes with a reminder about the importance of a solid command of mechanics: When submitting to an editor, grammatical errors […]

If, Then

If you’re always dreamed of writing a novel, National Novel Writing Month is coming up. More here.If you’re ever made a mistake, you might want to exploit it exorcise it work through it and let it go by writing about it for a contest. More here.If you need deadlines to inspire you to write, there are plenty […]

Jobs, Money, and Love for All

Good grammar and spelling skills make your life better.From Education Week, a teacher’s blog post about an employer who screens job candidates to weed out those with poor English grammar skills: In a fiery post for the Harvard Business Review, Wiens says he flat out won’t hire people who are careless with grammar. And to ensure that no […]

Thinking

The train is rolling into the station on our big passage writing project. As my co-conspirator partner-in-crime colleague cautions, it’s too soon to uncork the champagne. There is still work to do, of course, in the immortal words of the Isley Brothers. We have two other projects we’re working on, too, so one train arrives for the […]