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A lesson in punctuation

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Of Virtues and Vices

Writers will appreciate these listings… and, at the office, perhaps they will serve as good reference(s) for spicing up the next meeting? The 7 holy virtues: Faith – complete trust Hope – to expect with confidence Charity – goodwill and the love of humanity Prudence – control and discipline Justice – being impartial and fair Temperance – moderation in action Fortitude – strength The 7 deadly sins: Pride – excessive belief in one’s own abilities Envy – excessive desire for possession of another’s Gluttony – consuming more than one needs Lust – excessive thoughts and actions of a carnal nature Anger –…

Writers on writing

I struggled in the beginning. I said I was going to write the truth, so help me God. And I thought I was. I found I couldn’t. Nobody can write the absolute truth. – Henry Miller A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind. – Isaac Bashevis Singer A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right. – John K. Hutchens How can I know what I think till I see what I say? – E.M. Forster A writer is…

Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, American author Kurt Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Start as close to the end as possible. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent…

Top 10 Funny-Sounding and Interesting Words

Here is an interest top-ten list. The Merriam Webster dictionary has listed the 10 most funny sounding and interesting words.   Bumfuzzle / to confuse; perplex; fluster Cattywampus / (dialect) askew, awry, kitty-corner Gardyloo / used in Edinburgh as a warning cry when it was customary to throw slops from the windows into the streets Taradiddle / 1 : a fib 2 : pretentious nonsense Billingsgate / coarsely abusive language Snickersnee / 1. (archaic) to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives 2 : a large knife Widdershins / in a left-handed or contrary direction; counterclockwise Collywobbles / pain in the…

10 popular contronyms

Contronyms are words that are their own antonyms – a word that is contradictory or can have an opposite meaning. Here are 10 popular such words.   Help means ‘assist,’ unless you can’t help doing something, when it means ‘prevent.’ Left can mean either remaining or departed. If the gentlemen have withdrawn to the drawing room for after-dinner cigars, who’s left? Well, the gentlemen have left and the ladies are left. Off means ‘deactivated,’ as in “to turn off,” but also ‘activated,’ as in “The alarm went off.” Weather can mean ‘to withstand or come safely through,’ as in “The…

Our articles tagged “writing”

The By George Journal articles tagged “writing” are for those who fancy themselves to be writers, copy-editors, hacks and flacks. We trust these posts will be helpful for a public relations practitioner or corporate professional – or anyone else for that matter – who writes for a living. Here are examples of what you will find buried deep within this blog: Rules for Writing Plan English Basics of Developing “Good SM Content” 20 rules for fine writing Your Wordplay Weapons Paraprosdokians to Enjoy Go ahead and check out our menu of articles tagged “writing” and take a moment to read…

20 rules of fine writing

1.  Verbs has to agree with their subjects. 2.  Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. 3.  And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction. 4.  It is wrong to ever split an infin- itive. 5.  Avoid clichés like the plague. 6.  Also, always avoid annoying alliteration. 7.  Also, too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies. 8.  No sentence fragments. 9.  Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used. 10. One should NEVER generalize. 11. Comparisons are as bad as clichés. 12. Don’t use no double negatives. 13. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. 14. Analogies in writing are like feathers on…

10 FAV quotes on writing

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  — Nathaniel Hawthorne Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. – Edward Albee The sovereign rule:  don’t say it, write it. — James Michener I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it. — William Carlos Williams I keep going over a sentence. I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it. – Janet Flanner Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. –…

Quotes for writers on writing

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott “Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.” – Garrison Keillor “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’” – Jef Mallett “Find your niche, and then go even more niche.” – Joe Pulizzi “When I sit down to write, I don’t think about writing…