Yes and !

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments


There is no one way to write a piece, be it an article, a white paper or anything else. Some writers work from a numbered outline, others from index cards. For years, I started with the conclusion, but lately I’ve been focusing on the introduction.

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Comma Now, It’s a Question of Style

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

We writers have strong feelings about grammar and usage. The question of serial commas, for example, tends to generate a lot of heat. (So do hyphens, split infinitives, and contractions. But we’ll leave those for another time…)

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(Un)Block and Tackle

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I don’t believe in writer’s block. When people say they are blocked, I think they are saying: “This is hard and I don’t want to do it.”

With the latter statement, I have no quarrel. The writing process can be so challenging and so frustrating that we want to do just about anything else.

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In Search of the Right Word

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

The right word in the right place. That’s the goal of every writer. But sometimes, the right word is elusive, ethereal, at the edge of perception. I squint into the middle distance, trying to catch a glimpse. Seldom am I successful.

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Word Peeves 2

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

What’s with all the prepositions?

A preposition is supposed to work in combination with a noun or a pronoun to create phrases that modify verbs, nouns, pronouns or adjectives. When used as part of a phrase, they “convey a spatial, temporal or directional meaning.”*

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