Archive for May, 2013

Weaknesses, of a writing style

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

I have a few writing tendencies which are weaknesses. I’d like to understand their source so that I can figure out how to manage them. One is the over use of the word “but”. One person that I mentioned this to suggested that I consider alternative words like ‘however’, but that’s not a good answer […]

Richard Ford: Canada

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

I’m reading Richard Ford’s “Canada” atm, and noting how different this is as a reading experience for me, compared with “Rabbit Is Rich“, by John Updike, the last novel that I read. First off, I’ve read Updike before, and even read that Rabbit novel before, whereas I haven’t read any Richard Ford before, so I […]

Show, don’t tell

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

One of the first aphorisms given to beginning writers is the old ‘show, don’t tell’ claim. Like any ‘rule’ of any endeavor, especially those of creative natures, it has as its basis some helpful advice, yet you also need to understand it, and then be able to understand when to break the rule. Afaik, this […]