Tag Archives: style

What Do You Do With It?

You’ve finished your story or novel. You have researched, written, rewritten, critiqued, spell-checked, agonized over sentences, characters, paragraphs, scenes and whole chapters. You have used all your tricks and exhausted all your abilities and skills in making it the best … Continue reading

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Blood Sweat Tears And Prayers

The other day I read a great book that played on all my senses, stirring all my emotions. Every time I read a book like that I get so fired up and I wish that I could write like the … Continue reading

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Simple Or Complex Sentences

Are you a fan of writing long sentences or do you prefer to always write short and simple ones? I am not an advocate of English grammar. In fact I don’t think I would be able to list some of … Continue reading

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What Is There In Writing Except Language

Some say that there is a decline in the novel, while others claim that it is not the novel that is in decline but the readership. I personally think that at no time in the history of the novel has … Continue reading

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Three Steps To More Effective Description

E. B. White, in the book The Elements of Style, writes: Use definite, specific, concrete language. The surest way to arouse and hold the reader’s attention is to use words that are precise, crystal-clear and real so that the reader … Continue reading

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The Craze Behind Fifty Shades Of Grey

I read an interesting article the other day in The Atlantic Wire, ‘The Alleged Sexiness of 50 Shades of Grey’ by Jen Doll, reviewing and criticizing the book which as you all probably know is at the top of the … Continue reading

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A Real Writer Will

Lately every time I sign in to my LinkedIn account I am confronted with the following advertisement: “Get a masters degree in creative writing within one year. Register for our online courses.” The internet, newspapers and magazines are full of … Continue reading

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The Pillow And The Baseball Bat

I love the classics. I read most of them decades ago. But I don’t think I can read those same books again with the same enthusiasm and eagerness I had for them years ago. And the reason is not because … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga Says It Right

“You need to know the structure. You need to know what you can and cannot do. You should really stay true to your own style.” Jude Deveraux What is a writer’s voice? Is it the writer’s style? Is it who … Continue reading

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I Only Wrote The Truth

Style: method, approach, way, manner, fashion, technique, mode. Style is only the clarity of thought and idea. Writing well is a result of clear thinking. To quote Aristotle: “To write well, express yourself like the common people but think like … Continue reading

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