Monthly Archives: June 2019

Zombie Nouns—Undead Words Begging For A Head Shot?

As an editing professional I spend a lot of time making writing better, and that usually includes “tightening it up”—a polite way of saying that you cut things. You go after unneeded words and phrases, sentences that are misplaced or … Continue reading

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Critical of the Critics: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

When a book is touted as extraordinary, but it’s merely “pretty good,” are readers and reviewers (and other writers) justified in pointing this out? Is a difference of opinion still tolerated? If we strongly disagree on the criteria used to … Continue reading

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