George Orwell's Six Rules for Writing Clear and Tight Prose | Open Culture

(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

#writing #rules
 Brazil,  last edited: Sun, 05 Aug 2018 16:33:35 +0100  
I want to be kind and compassionate, but when you spell mistake as "misteak," write "yours" as "your's," and confuse "its" and "it's," you make it hard for me to be gracious.

#spelling #writing
Yore sew write! :-)
I like this alot!
Wow, it's been days since I check in here. A week or more. Time flies when you're getting old. After getting home from our US trip, our schedules filled up quickly. I missed a deadline for writing a text for a New Zealand project. The editor was kind enough to extend it, and I overcompensated by writing far beyond the word limit. Looking to make that into a separate stand-alone work, a booklet of sorts, with much new material added and two new sections, now titled, Stoke the Fire.

Anyway, with 747 incoming missiles to read, I'll mark them as read and start from today. Sound like a plan?

#life #time #writing
I start skimming, check a few, then mark them all read.
  last edited: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:55:43 +0100  
Well, I did make it through the whole of them.  I hadn't realized that it was actually three weeks of being away, instead of two.  Time really flies when work gets hectic!
You're a braver man than I!
Writing to get my Corollaries column up today, after going AWOL for a couple of weeks. Got a good start, but can he make it all the way? Main section will work on the idea, "We don't really want to know what the Bible says."


"A marvelous invention, the paragraph"


I love paragraphs. Sometimes in the difficult task of teaching writing to my students, I thought that this is the piece that we forget in favor of the sentences, being just the paragraphs the aspect most important to express thoughts into written words...
True that writers don't often pay much attention to the formation of paragraphs.


It is what it is. Let's deal with it.

#writing #internet

Not online as much the past few days, in order to work magazine and books. Got a new issue of the mag to the printer on Fri.

Did this online today, however: http://cristaos.org/m/ignorar-deus/

And this: http://randalmatheny.com/glory-emcompassing/

My habit tracker is looking sparse, probably will until Mon. or Tues.

#writing #work

OK, I confess to nitpicking on a point in an otherwise excellent article, over on HTH, on why there are four gospel accounts or histories about Jesus:

Why have four accounts of the same life? These books are portraits that present four different poses as one unique personality.

"Pose" strikes me as inappropriate here, even given some poetic license. Maybe Wes (my RSS feed said he was the poster, though on the site no author is given) is a photographer. That would explain it. (I'm sure I've left him groaning at my nitpicking today.)

I often use the words "angle" or "perspective" for the different approaches of the four gospel authors. Would be poetic justice for someone to find fault with my usage, I suppose.

Wes's point is valid here, of course, and I appreciate him calling attention to the four gospels. We need more thinking on the complementary perspectives of the gospels, rather than clumsy attempts at harmonization.

Let's read each gospel for its unique approach and for its distinctive message, in order to enrich our overall understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ.

#Jesus #gospels #writing

1. House renovation continues slowly, with friends doing the work as they can. Found a spot that has to be torn out and redone. They left after 8 pm tonight. How about eggs and coconut muffins for supper?

2. At the TortaStore, Katia says she'll make chocolate cheesecake for The Maiden, who arrives Fri. We've not seen these sweets in many moons, they're troublesome to make, Katia says. I'm not special enough to deserve them.

3. To find joy where you are, this is the great secret, not in what you have.

4. The past is gone, the future yet to come, the present is all I have, and what I do now determines where I will wind up.

5. Much writing going on for a Portuguese book. Has progressed well over the past few days. I'm taking it in pieces and parts, unusual for me. Not linear like most of my projects.

6. The world online is fraught with similiar drama / As life itself, where people fight over a comma.

7. "I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away" Lk 19.26 NET.

#7points #couplets #writing
The mind isn't kicking into gear this morning. I stayed up past midnight working on a book, most of the day spent on it as well. Maybe lack of sleep?

I want to finish this book, to get to the next one, which I think will be the better of the two. But this one is shaping up nicely and getting me excited.


1. This comes early tonight. I'm about to fall out. Up at 4.30 am, no nap, all work. I'm hoping to last until 9 pm.

2. Portuguese devotionals are written and scheduled through Monday. Maybe tomorrow I'll translate them into English for my personal site.

3. So why does printing 1,000 business cards take three weeks? I'm waiting to hear the answer to that. They were supposed to have been delivered this afternoon, but printer was a no-show.

4. Today I decided to leave the linking and sharing of my writings in the Lord's hands. Of course, he may not want to do that. I prayed he helped someone to be benefited by them. I spent more time writing than advertising today.

5. Honesty means political stability. So says Proverbs 28.2. And many changes in government are caused by a nation's sins. Seeing that happen now.

6. A couplet:
    No friend is death, its hard defeat comes last,
    When down to hell its fiendish lord is cast.

7. "I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your name, because of your loyal love and faithfulness, for you have exalted your promise above the entire sky" Psalm 138.2 NET.

#7points #writing #couplets