Quality of What Is Said

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“The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer.”

— Robertson Davies

 

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WordHit: Occurrence [noun]

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occurrence [noun]: something happening

{Common misspelling: occurance}

 

 

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The Reader Does Not Dream

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“The profession of the writer has its thorns about which the reader does not dream.” 

— Henryk Sienkiewicz

 

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Grammar Bomb: Discreet VS Discrete

Be discreet when reviewing the students’ grades; their assignments were discrete units, not group projects. 

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Discreet [THINK: careful with speech (EE)]
Discrete [THINK: separate the Es]

 

Discreet implies the showing of reserve and prudence in one’s behavior or speech. Discrete means something quite different: “distinct, separate, unrelated.”

[read more about it on blog.dictionary.com]

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Make an Idea into Something More

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“The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea.”

— Thomas Mann

 

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Writers, Welcome to the Rest of Your Life

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“Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.”

— Lawrence Kasdan

 

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Possessed Writer?

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“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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WordHit: Misspell [verb]

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misspell [verb]: spell incorrectly

{Common misspelling: mispell}

 

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Hidden Auditorium of the Writer

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“Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.”

— Rod Serling

 

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Grammar Bomb: I VS Me

Even though Shakespeare wrote about the love between “you and I,” it is still incorrect, and should be “you and me.”

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“…what about “between you and I”? Technically, it should be “between you and me. …Using the word “I” can sound learned and elite; however this leads to it being overused when it’s actually incorrect.  This problem is called hypercorrect incorrectness.

The “you and me” problem is confusing when there are two objects, as in the sentence “Thanks for inviting my husband and I to dinner.” …here’s a simple trick. Omit the first person and see how it sounds.

If you said, “Thanks for inviting I to dinner,” it sounds wrong. Without two people, it is easier to use your ear to hear if “I” or “me” is grammatically correct.”

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