Reading about Writing


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As my octogenarianism halfway into its fifth year, my mind continues to wander as I wonder.
Or could it be that my mind wonders as I wander?


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She said, “To be a successful writer, you must write every day.” I’m using she because I don’t want to make a specific identification. But that she, wasn’t’ the only one whose blog about writing said that.

Tim Grahl, from whom don’t necessarily heed advice, said in a recent e-mail to followers, “In my opinion, “you must write every day” is horrible advice. I’m calling B.S. on it.”

On that I agree!

However, all those who write about writing don’t give the same advice. One blogger, in fact, advised against using contractions.

I remember Mrs. Kellogg, my junior high school English teacher, advising the same. But she did tell us contractions were OK in casual writing or when quoting. “Quoting,” she said, “must be exactly what was said and how it was said.”

When I was doing technical writing, for the best clarity, I did not use contractions.

Another blogger advised writers to reduce their word count by using contractions!
In clarity of context, I try to consider audience.

There are the don’t end in a preposition diehards. Some would insist that those about whom we talk about isn’t how people talk. Right!

I can not find my Shrunk and White, but I still have my Chicago Manual of Style, or I can go on line (or is it online) for The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Shrunk and White didn’t know if it was e-mail, email, electronic mail, or … My copy of ‘Chicago’ was printed in 1993, so… The Purdue help is focused on academic writing, and…

It goes without saying – I know why say it then – the highly debatable comma in a series issue. Those of you who have seen the debate will know, so I won’t give an opinion which may be differed with.


On and on I go as my mind continues to wander as I wonder about writing rules and writing process expounded upon by…
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