No iron can stab the heart with such force
as a period put just at the right place.

—Isaac Babel

Read more
How to Deal with the Voices In Your Head

How to Deal with the Voices In Your Head

  At least Dr. Jekyll was never both himself and Mr. Hyde at the same time (for more modern readers, that should say, “At least Dr. Banner was never both himself and the Hulk at the same time,” if you catch my drift—who was it that said, “There are no new stories”?)....

Grammar is a piano I play by ear,
since I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were mentioned.
All I know about grammar is its infinite power.
To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence,
as definitely and inflexibly as the position of the camera
alters the meaning of the object photographed.

—Joan Didion

Read more

The difference between the right word
and the almost-right word is really a large matter—
’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.

—Mark Twain

Read more
The 7 benefits of good editors (part two)

The 7 benefits of good editors (part two)

(If you haven’t read part one, you can click here.) There’s no question about the value of a “second set of eyes” looking over your manuscript, because we all know we can suffer from being a bit “blinded by our own brilliance” when it comes to writing. Having...

Pin It on Pinterest