Category Archives: Rules for Writing

The Art of the BCC | Learn From Craigslist Joe How to Properly BCC Mass Emails

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone sends out a mass emails but doesn’t BCC (blind carbon copy) the email addresses. With one click, not only do they share your email address with the world (making it susceptible … Continue reading

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Obscure Collective Nouns for a Worship of Writers

Back in the 15th Century, collective nouns were all the rage. The system, which assigns a different word for “group” depending on the animal being referred to, was the brainchild of English hunters who wanted to distinguish each of their … Continue reading

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There’s A Foreign Word For That – Useful Words That Don’t Exist In English

Even the greatest wordsmiths have moments when they just can’t find the right word. Sometimes it’s because of a brain lapse, and other times, it’s because we’re just not sure what we’re trying to say. But sometimes, the word may … Continue reading

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Unblock The Writer’s Block

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” Margaret Atwood We’ve all been there: The blank sheet of paper taunts us. The pen turns into a torture device, moving so lethargically across the page that forming each … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood – Rules For Writers (Pencils, A Firm Grip On Reality, and Prayer)

It’s that time again… Ten rules about writing from someone who knows a thing or two about it. Margaret Atwood is an esteemed poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist who the Economist has hailed as a “scintillating wordsmith.” … Continue reading

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Screenwriter With A Day Job – An Interview With Bryan Dick

I’ve known Bryan for a year and one thing that’s always impressed me is despite having a full-time job working for Imagine, a major, major, major film and television production company, is this guy writes more than most unemployed screenwriters. … Continue reading

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Will Self’s Rules for Writing

Will Self is a British novelist and short story writer. And he has written, and published… a lot (including The Book of Dave, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Cock and Bull and Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy … Continue reading

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George Orwell’s Rules For Writing (The Best Ones Yet)

In 1943, George Orwell (of 1984 and Animal Farm fame) gave us a gift that I bet most of you don’t know about. It’s an essay called “Politics and the English Language” and it contains his rules for good writing. … Continue reading

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Rules For Writing By Novelist Laura Dave

If you haven’t read any of Laura’s books, they offer a witty, thoughtful and authentic take on love and relationships through engaging tales about people breaking up, getting together and learning a whole lot about themselves in the process. Her … Continue reading

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Writing Tips from Don Draper of Mad Men

I’ve learned a many a things watching Don Draper on Mad Men… How not to have an affair, how to make an Old Fashioned (recipe below, for your reference) and how to write. Who said you can’t learn anything from … Continue reading

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