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A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer

A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer
There’s no such word as moreso.Mucus is a noun; mucous is an adjective.Nerve-racking, not -wracking; racked with guilt, not wracked with guilt.One buys a newspaper at a newsstand, not a newstand. An ordinance is a law; ordnance is ammo.Palette has to do with color; palate has to do with taste; a pallet is, among other things, something you sleep on. Eugene Pallette was a character actor; he’s particularly good in the 1943 film Heaven Can Wait.Nounwise, a premier is a diplomat; a premiere is something one attends. “Premier” is also, of course, an adjective denoting quality.That which the English call paraffin (as in “paraffin stove”), we Americans call kerosene. Copy editors should keep an eye open for this in mss. by British authors and query it. The term paraffin should generally be reserved for the waxy, oily stuff we associate with candles.Prophecy is a noun; prophesy is a verb.Per Web 11, it’s restroom.The Sibyl is a seeress; Sybil is Basil Fawlty’s wife.

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The End of Writer’s Block: 10 Literary Laxatives — The Business of Living Writer’s block can be debilitating. Thinker’s block (e.g., analysis paralysis) can be equally as brutal. Yet comedian Jerry Seinfeld once wrote in a Reddit AMA: Writer’s block is a phony, made up, BS excuse for not doing your work. What on Earth does he mean? Ambiguous Sentences I came across this headline in the Wall Street Journal: Republicans Grill IRS Chief Over Lost Emails This type of sentence has great possibilities because of its two different interpretations: Republicans harshly question the chief about the emailsRepublicans cook the chief using email as the fuel It’s a perfect tool to: demonstrate careful reading, showcase the need for editing, and encourage creativity and divergent thinking. Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you just wrote and think, “Is that comma supposed to be there?” or “Is that really the best word to use?” Fear not! TED-Ed has put together a list of four of our favorite grammar and language lessons to get your next piece of writing in tip-top shape.

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and Daily Creative Routine by Maria Popova “When you can’t create you can work.” After David Ogilvy’s wildly popular 10 tips on writing and a selection of advice from modernity’s greatest writers, here comes some from iconic writer and painter Henry Miller. COMMANDMENTSWork on one thing at a time until finished.Start no more new books, add no more new material to ‘Black Spring.’Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.Work according to Program and not according to mood. Newspaper Blackout Poetry - Visual News Sometimes in life you can only grasp the true beauty of things when you read between the lines. That is exactly what Austin Kleon has been doing to old newspapers. Using a black marker, he takes away the words he doesn’t need, creating new poetic verses. He has compiled his poetry into a book called Newspaper Blackout and invites others to upload their own blackout poetry on his Tumblr page.

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Cave painting, contemporary art and everything in between Smarthistory offers more than 1500 videos and essays on art from around the world and across time. We are working with more than 200 art historians and some of the world's most important museums to make the best art history resource anywhere. Use the "subject" pulldown menu (go to "Arts and Humanities") at the top of this window or click on the headings below to access our content: Art history basics Columbia Journalism Review Posted on Monday Nov 24th at 2:50pm By Merrill Perlman The colon is one of the most versatile punctuation marks (and organs).

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The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships Our 2015-16 Fiction & Poetry Fellows. Pictured left-to-right: Jordan Jacks, Josh Kalscheur, Karyna McGlynn, Mika Taylor, and Mark Wagenaar. Jordan Jacks (MFA: Washington U.) is the 2015-16 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Yale Review, Weekday, and The Iowa Review, and his poems have appeared in The Connecticut Review. The 10 Best Short Stories You've Never Read  One thing that's great about short stories is how quickly they can ruin your life. Maybe you start reading one over your lunch break and, if it's the right one, before that peanut butter cup you brought for dessert even has a chance to finish its melting shape-shift into some kind of sugary cement, the whole world has been destroyed around you and then rebuilt, and nothing is quite the same again. This happens whether you like it or not.

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