Category Archives: Editing

What my dad taught me about writing

Frequently on Fathers Day and Mothers Day, we’ll see pieces about the most important thing a parent taught the writer. I’ve always thought those were a little bogus — after all, every moment between a parent and child teaches the … Continue reading

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Don’t write a clunker: Context and care vital, but often overlooked

In the space of less than 24 hours, I read two different writers refer to someone who is black as “colored.” The day before, I read another writer’s reference to a “black nurse” when there was no reason to mention … Continue reading

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Gardner heist story is a lesson for writers: be the artist

Today was a great day for those of us who love to follow news and love mysteries at the same time. The FBI announced it knows who the culprits are in the 23-year-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. When the … Continue reading

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The more things change, they change, OK?

There was a story in the news recently that the younger generation has taken to typewriters. Not just to look at, but to use. I can’t help but feel this is kind of like they way younger people like fedoras … Continue reading

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Editor’s lessons cut across news, fiction

When I finally got serious about fiction writing, my long career as a newspaper reporter and editor both gave and took way. Many of the lessons learned in news writing translated well to fiction: clarity, punctuation, grammar. But some lessons … Continue reading

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