Cut The Fat; Make Your Writing Lean: #Tip 34.

Writers seem to enjoy sharing ideas to improve our craft. Here are some ways to trim our writing. Readers will appreciate us removing these common redundancies and flabby expressions. Could possibly: Could generally means ‘might’, ‘may’ etc., so ‘possibly’ is redundant. e.g. Your cat could possibly win the Fancy Cat contest. Try: Your cat could …

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The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, Reviewed.

Who’d have thought a novel written from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old American chapel-going girl would find favour with an agnostic British male pensioner? This one did, and how! Lily is given an authentic voice by the writer so that there’s no danger of author intrusion in this tale of prejudice, faith, injustice …

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Navigating Nightmare Ecstasy, by The Junk Talk Poet, Reviewed.

I’m cautious about reviewing poetry: it’s an esoteric art form with echoes of the world of the contemporary arts. In other words, a field full of the pretentious attempting to bamboozle the unwary, and too often succeeding. It differs from the world of visual art in the amount of cash thrown at it, of course, …

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Cut The Fat; Make Your Writing Lean: #Tip 33.

As a group, writers enjoy sharing ideas to improve our craft. Here are some ways to trim our writing. Readers will appreciate us removing these common redundancies and flabby expressions. Connect together: Is it possible to connect any other way? I don’t think so. e.g. Connect together the multiple sightings of UFOs and you get …

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Does Grammar Matter in Online Dating?

A mite early for the romantic occasion, but, for those seeking a partner online, this grammar advice may be timely. And, better to be prepared than to wait until the last minute! As a happily married man I have no need of such services, but this modern age seems to create lives with little time …

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Cut The Fat; Make Your Writing Lean: #Tip 32

We writers tend to enjoy sharing ideas to improve our craft. Here are some ways to trim our writing. Readers will appreciate us removing these common redundancies and flabby expressions. Completely filled: When something has been filled, it is full, so ‘completely’ is redundant. e.g. She blew up the beach ball until it was completely …

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False Starts and a Solution?

How many times should you start a writing project? Odd question? Well, I normally have my books ready in my mind, that is, I know where I want to end up even if I don’t know the route, long before I place a single word on paper (for which, read ‘screen’, since I compose at …

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