Do bank tellers close their windows just before it’s your turn? Do panhandlers on the street offer you money? Were you on Mother Teresa’s enemies list? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, consider the following: “Xvxn though thx kxyboard on my old computxr has startxd to show a lot of wxar and txar, … [Read more...] about Feeling Unappreciated?
“Be yourself and your readers will follow you anywhere. Try to commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard to get away.” ~ William Zinsser As I was just saying, (OK, it was way back on May 25), preparing a book proposal “can be almost as difficult and time-consuming as writing the book itself.” Now, nearly … [Read more...] about Completed at Last
“Be yourself and your readers will follow you anywhere. Try to commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard to get away.” ~ William Zinsser Among the writing resources I recommended in a recent post (May 15, 2018) was a book by the late William Zinsser, titled On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing … [Read more...] about A Must Read – Times Two!
A few years ago, on its website, Merriam-Webster asked visitors to provide their favorite words. Of the thousands of words submitted, the following ten appeared most frequently: defenestration serendipity onomatopoeia discombobulate plethora callipygian juxtapose persnickety kerfuffle … [Read more...] about Favorite Words
If you’re writing a book and plan to submit it to a commercial publishing house, an important first step will be to prepare a formal book proposal. Typically, publishers and literary agents will first want to see a proposal, instead of your complete manuscript. A well-written and complete book proposal will open … [Read more...] about Preparing a Book Proposal
In today’s disposable, biodegradable, assembly-line, cookie-cutter society, has the quality of quintessence, this “consummate instance,” this “most perfect manifestation,” this “transcendent specimen,” been lost, sacrificed on the altars of mediocrity and imitation? Not so, at least not to authors Betty Cornfeld and … [Read more...] about Quintessence – Part 2
The Greeks had a word for it. They called it pempte ousia. To the Romans, it was quinta essentia. In ancient times, these names were given to a concept that attempted to explain what was otherwise unexplainable. The Greeks and Romans, and their counterparts in other civilizations, believed everything in the world … [Read more...] about Quintessence – Part 1
Books: The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), The University of Chicago Press The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook and Libel Manual The Elements of Style, Strunk & White The Art of Readable Writing, Rudolf Flesch On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinsser The Complete … [Read more...] about Resources for Writers
“Encouragement is awesome. Think about it: It has the capacity to lift a man’s or woman’s shoulders. To spark the flicker of a smile on the face of a discouraged child. To breathe fresh fire into the fading embers of a smoldering dream.” ~ Charles Swindoll Several frogs were traveling through the woods, when two of … [Read more...] about The Power of the Tongue