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Please (Please) Avoid These Common Writing Mistakes by Erin Brown
Blog by Bill Kenower
After almost a decade in New York publishing houses, and now as a
freelance editor, I keep seeing the same writing, ahem, “issues”
cropping up again and again. Now you’re probably thinking, “But I
knoooooooooow all of these. Duh.” Well, maybe not “duh” as that
saying went out in 1987. However, the fact remains that I see these
concerns over and over and over, in manuscript after manuscript,
which leads me to believe that these lessons have not been imbedded
into every first-time author’s brain. more...
you know that at the height of his creative powers, at a time when
he was writing the music that would most-influence a generation of
songwriters, Bob Dylan was booed regularly? True story. The audience
was generally unhappy that he had stopped writing acoustic protest
songs in favor of more poetic, and now electric, rock & roll. In
“Don’t Look Back,” Martin Scorsese’s documentary about that time in
Dylan’s career, we see Dylan turn to a friend in a limo ride home
from a concert, and, wondering aloud about all the booing, ask, “So
why do they keep buying all the tickets?” more...
Editor's Pick: Miles from
Nowhere reviewed by
The End of an Error:
I loved this book. It is the story of Joon-Mee, a 14-year-old
runaway from her home in the Bronx, where her father has left and
her mother is slowly leaving as her mind collapses. Rather than a
chronological narrative describing her life, each chapter is a
perfect little short story, which could easily stand alone, about
some event or some relationship in her life. There is the chapter
about a junkie she lives with; her life on the streets; her jobs as
Avon Lady, dance hall hostess, nursing home assistant, hooker; her
friendship and adventures with Knowledge; and her acquaintance with
Frank at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. more...
my youngest son and I were talking, and I
suggested that at school, instead of running
around pretending on his own during recess, he
might try inviting another child to play with
him. I made this suggestion believing that
connecting more to children at school might help
him feel better about going.
He responded: “I . . . don’t do that - that’s
not my kind of thing. That’s not what I do.” more...