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Monthly Archives: November 2017
As a copy editor, I’ve changed the word backwards to backward probably ten thousand times. Like the word towards, which I whined about in detail for other reasons, the difference between backward and backwards is likewise symbolized by the Atlantic … Continue reading →
Well, it’s Thanksgiving week again here in America, and though I’ve skipped this post three out of the past nine years, I thought this year deserved a more considered essay than last year’s outburst. And indeed, this year there’s been … Continue reading →
A little bit ago, I wrote a post on the subject of theme—what your book is really about. There I suggested you think, in reasonably concrete terms, what you’re actually trying to say with your novel. Then move forward with … Continue reading →
With a nod to the Onion… I’m trying not to fly off the handle, but please indulge me, at least at first, in a bit of tough love. If your current work in progress contains a scene, or worse, a … Continue reading →