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V is for verb

V is for verb

The leader declared war on passive verbs. Noreen Wald, aka Nora Charles, author of the Ghostwriter and Kate Kennedy series, vowed to stamp out all forms of the verb to be. Her fervor had inspired the Wednesday Critique Group, an offshoot of Noreen’s class in writing fiction, to the point that its members adopted a …

The cause that refreshes

The cause that refreshes

Has branded journalism come of age? Long considered promotional by traditional journalists, branded journalism is gaining credence as consumers looking for news that reflects their personal interests. The discipline scored a big victory last month when the New York Times covered the reinvention of Coca-Cola’s website as an online magazine. The site offers articles on …

Survey gets a read on e-readers

Survey gets a read on e-readers

A fifth of American adults say they have read an e-book in the past year. They read more frequently than their print-loving counterparts and they’re more likely than others to have bought rather than borrowed their most recent book. Those are some of the findings of the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Reading …

Six degrees of reading

Six degrees of reading

Want to see books similar to the ones you’re reading? Head over to Yasiv, a site that uses Amazon data to create a flowchart of recommendations. Created by Andrei Kashcha, the site serves up a web of book covers that, when clicked, lead to information about those titles. There’s also a box on the left …

What’s my line, 2012 style

What’s my line, 2012 style

Some people know how to coin a memorable phrase. Tom Brokaw referred to the men and women who fought for the United States in World War II as the greatest generation. In 1943 a Nazi propaganda periodical used the term Iron Curtain. Tea Party members often refer to journalists the media elite, a term coined …

Investing in storytelling

Investing in storytelling

You think writers are the only ones concerned with telling a story? Listen to this. Earlier this month three of six agency owners and recruiters interviewed by blogger Arik C. Hanson said the ability to tell a story was the leading trait they want to see in PR professionals. They believe storytelling reflects the facility …

Impulse writing

Impulse writing

Writing that flows is often based on a solid structure. Take the piece “Why impulse spending can be a good thing” by Katherine Rosman, who writes the Checks & Balances column about finance and marriage for the Wall Street Journal. The article is designed to read like a short story with comments, unfolding through scenes …

The Fog

Slowly the fog, Hunch-shouldered with a grey face, Arms wide, advances, Finger-tips touching the way Past the dark houses And dark gardens of roses. Up the short street from the harbour, Slowly the fog, Seeking, seeking; Arms wide, shoulders hunched, Searching, searching, Out through the streets to the fields, Slowly the fog – A blind …

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