language issues

In honor of National Poetry Month

Hi Writers,It’s National Poetry Month, so I thought I’d offer up an excerpt courtesy of our wonderful new Poetry columnist Dorianne Laux. This is from the June 08 issue of Writer’s Digest (on newwstands 4/15), from a column on word choice:There’s something in the name Romeo—those three sweet, open syllables—that our English-speaking ears have...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK #15 ADD!

Hi Writers, This is week 15 in my Project 20/20 Build My Blogroll projectPlease follow the link for details about the project where you’ll find many of the writer’s blogs nominated in the comments section of that original post. There’s still no shortage of great writer’s blogs to add to my blogroll, as you’ll...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK #13 ADD!

Hi Writers, It’s oh-so-lucky week #13 in my unstoppable quest to add one writer’s blog to my blogroll each week for 20 weeks. And without further adieu, I’d like to announce this week’s add: The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Succesby Linda Formichelli If you’re trying to break into freelancing,...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 11 ADD!

Hi Writers,Wow, we’re on week 11 of my Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll Project (see all the details in the left navigation). I’ve been adding a writer’s blog to my blogroll every Friday for 11 weeks now. More than 75 writer’s blogs have been nominated so far. I encourage you to check them out...

PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 10 ADD!

Hi Writers, It’s the 10th week in My Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll Project. You can read all about the project and nominate a writing blog in “Project 20/20” in the left navigation. This week’s add is all about the power of friends. I’ve been noticing a trend lately, in the form of multiple...

PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 9 ADD!

Hi Writers,You may or may not know, I’ve spent the past nine weeks lurking around the blogosphere perusing writers’ blogs, for my Project 20/20, in which I’m spotlighting a writer’s blog each week for 20 weeks. Now, at week #9 I’m almost at the halfway mark and still getting lots of great nominations for...

More Links for Wacky Word Geeks

Hi Writers, Mark Peters of wordlustitude (see posts below) asked me to post the following comment. Here it is: Thanks for the link, Maria!  I’d gladly cop to the title of loony lexicologist. I consider the main purpose of the site to be humor–though it’s definitely adult humor that’s not for everyone, and I...

a caveat

Hi Writers,Since I’ve gotten some negative feedback on this week’s blogroll add (below), I’d like to point out that there is some risque subject matter in the blog spotlighted this week. I didn’t find it any more offensive than your typical PG-13 rated movie, honestly, but if you’re easily offended, it’s probably best not...

PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 8 ADD!

Hi Writers,It’s week 8 in my Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll contest and yes, it’s still hard for me to choose from all the great writing blogs out there. I came across this week’s pick a couple of weeks ago when I was editing a feature this writer wrote for us on how online...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 6 ADD!

Hi Writers, It’s FRIDAY! the most exciting day of the week in writing blogdom. It’s the day of the week I add another writer’s blog to my ever-expanding blogroll in my Project 20/20: Build my Blogroll contest. I’m adding one blog a week, each Friday, for 20 weeks. And today I’m announcing sweet number...

PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 5 ADD!

Hi Writers, It’s week 5 in my ambitious Project 20/20. My goal is to spotlight one writer’s blog each Friday for 20 weeks and add it to my ever-growing roster of online writing buddies. It’s always a pleasure to find out one of our freelancer writers for Writer’s Digest keeps a blog. In case...

PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 4 ADD!

Hi Writers,It’s the fourth week in my ongoing quest to add one writer’s blog to my blogroll each week for 20 weeks. If you’ve been following my Project 20/20, one thing you’ve probably noticed is that I have eclectic tastes. After last week’s choice of J.A. Konrath’s blog A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, there...

PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 3 ADD!

Hi Writers,It’s the third week in my Project 20/20. My goal: to add one writer’s blog to my blogroll each Friday for 20 weeks. I have a personal favorite to add to the blogroll this week, because it’s a blog I really think you will all enjoy and take something away from: A Newbie’s...

PROJECT 20/20: WEEK 2 ADD!

Hi Writers,I had another fabulous Friday scanning through the many great writing blogs that have been nominated for my project. Brief but potentially interesting sidenote: Many, many writers have cats, and post multiple photos of cats on their blogs. Kind of made me want to get my own feline to be part of the...

PROJECT 20/20: AND MY FIRST ADD

Hi Writers,Wow, thanks for all of the nominations for my Project 20/20: Build my Blogroll. I had a wonderful day sifting through the 50 or so blogs nominated. If you get a chance, go check out some or all of the blogs mentioned in my comments section below, there’s some great stuff there. But...

PROJECT 20/20: HELP ME BUILD MY BLOGROLL

Hi Writers,I’m kicking off a new project here on my blog: Project 20/20. No, this is not an attempt to solicit funds for my Lasik© surgery (although, if you like, send c/o Writer’s Digest, 4700 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236). This purpose of this project is to build my blogroll. I’ve been thinking,...

On the f*** word

Hi Writers,I have a not-so-shocking confession to make: I curse. In fact, around deadlines, I curse a lot. Most of my verbal spewing is directed at my computer screen. But still, it’s not something I’m proud of, and it’s certainly not something I want to flaunt. This confession comes in light of several recent...

EMOTICON NOTIONS

Hi Writers,Oh, the guilt I felt when I read this New York Times article about emoticon usage:“Just Between You and Me” Here’s a brief excerpt (but I recommend reading the piece in full): There’s also a link to a full-range of emoticons for the aficionado. “Emoticons, the smiling, winking and frowning faces that inhabit...

WORDS WE LOVE

Hi Writers,Thanks to all who contributed to “Words We Hate” (see my previous post). Back on this language sensitivity issue, though, I’ve been feeling a bit like an uptight English teacher who’s picking on the bad kids without acknowledging the good ones. So in that spirit, I’d like to share with you “Words I...

Is there a language sensitivity gene?

Hi Writers, I just read an interesting “On Language” column in the NYT this week written by Jaimie Epstein, “Sentence Sensibility” This column (difficult to get through due to the satiric(?) use of Jane Austen-esque run-on sentences that could poke a person’s eye out) brings up an important question for writers to obsess over:...

Help Me Christen My Blog

Hi Writers, As this is my first ever blog posting, it seemed appropriate to set it off in the right spirit with a christening of sorts, so here goes: The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. This fortune cookie wisdom has been taped to my computer monitor for the past...