Why you should walk more if you’re a writer

benefits of walking for writers

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes There are many benefits of walking for writers. Staying in shape is one of them. But becoming more creative is the biggest gain...  I have a neighbour who often drove her three kids to school. I’m too polite to have told her off for this, but they lived a 10-minute walk from both grade school and high school. What was she thinking? This kind of attitude ... Read More

Sarah Palin’s English…

sarah palins english

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a New York Times article about Sarah Palin's English... I'm predisposed to like articles that make counterintuitive arguments. A particularly interesting one recently? A New York Times piece positing t... Read More

Trump-sized expectations…

Iowa results

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Donald Trump's Iowa results carry an important message for corporate communicators — and they're about more than just politics... I find American politics to be almost endlessly interesting. Never more so than when there are crazy, high profile candidates such as Donald Trump. I have little respect for the man, partly because I don't agree with his politic... Read More

The Oral History of Our Time…

Joe Gould

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about several similes relating to the story of Joe Gould... I had never heard of Joe Gould until I read the fascinating New Yorker article, “Joe Gould’s teeth,” by Jill Lepore. It turns out that Gould (1889—1957), was an American eccentric, also know... Read More

What’s a listicle?

listicle

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: listicle... I'm not a morbid person. But following the deaths of my father, my father-in-law and my mother, I've taken more of an interest in end-of-life issues. Perhaps that explains why I appreciated the Arthur C. Brooks' New Y... Read More

Why stubbornness is a virtue

stubbornness is a virtue Claire, as a youngster

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Are you determined enough to get your writing done? Believe it or not, stubbornness is a virtue... When one of my daughters was two she chose to present her unique personality on a family camping trip. I was about to go for a walk, and she begged to come along. I said, ‘of course’ — provided she wouldn't expect to be carried, as my back was sore. I ma... Read More

Why we write memoir

Brain Pickings

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a post from the blog Brain Pickings..... If you forced me to pick a favourite genre of writing, I’d choose memoir, no contest. I find people endlessly interesting. Their stories of their lives, their... Read More

The value of a professional proofreader

professional proofreader

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Is it worth hiring a professional proofreader? Here's my view, if your publication is going to be printed... I'm a big believer in the value of professional proofreaders. If you're reluctant to spend the money on one (currently somewhere between $35 and $50 per hour), let me tell you about the value they add. In addition to catching and fixing typos, they... Read More

Granite islands that stretch like aircraft carriers…

kim severson

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a metaphor from Kim Severson... When we renovated our house six years ago we spent a lot of effort on our kitchen. I'm a serious cook, as is one of our daughters, and we tend to host a fair number of extended family dinners. Interestingly, we shrunk t... Read More

What does logorrheic mean?

logorrheic

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: logorrheic... Despite my habit of reading voraciously and widely, I don't always accumulate enough words for this column. Thus, I'm always grateful when readers send me interesting words they find. Today, my thanks goes to John... Read More