Sadly, William Safire died on Sunday. For 30 years he wrote a column in the New York Times “On Language” that explored written and oral trends, and discussed the origins and meanings of words and phrases. I think he would be in agreement with my consternation about the widespread practice of using the singular and plural together incorrectly.
Last week I blogged about the way the visual system works and suggested some implications for blog post formatting. This week, I want to get specific. But first, if you didn’t read last week’s post and you’re wondering why bother, here are pictures of two blogs (I’ve attempted to hide the specifics).
Reading fiction and understanding how it works is a fun way to expand and improve your writing skills.
You know now that you should blog. You may have even thought about what it is you should be blogging about. In case you haven’t, the one sentence answer is: Blog about what you know about.
Now comes the technology…
Penelope Trunk, the Brazen Careerist, wrote in a recent blog that a good piece of advice for anyone starting a company was to write a press release first. According to Ms. Trunk, once you have written that press release, simply work backward from your vision in developing your business plan.
I write best in my office. Having all my stuff – computer, books, notepads, different color pens and highlighters, my small and large dictionaries, my trusted thesaurus, refrigerator down the hall and Willie the Wonder Dog at my feet, helps me stay relaxed and focused.