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Category Archives: Writer’s toolbox
If you’re ever stuck for a way to organize some short content—an email message or a letter, for example—you can always steal borrow some ideas from public speakers: PREP, PEP, and Divide and Conquer.
How did Agatha Christie—author of more than 70 novels, more than 140 short stories, and 22 plays—manage to generate and keep track of all of the ideas that went into her works? How did she develop the characters with their … Continue reading
It seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? We can give our own words sparkle, heft, and melody by using someone else’s. The long history of the art of quotation—shortly after Adam said the first words, somebody quoted him—amply proves its … Continue reading
I frequently collaborate on projects with several different people, exchanging documents to review and revise. And all too often, I see documents where all of the formatting—bold, italic, font, type size, and so on— has been set manually. That’s the … Continue reading
Yes, I know, I know. But I have an excuse: I’ve been a bit preoccupied with things like rising rivers lately. The Red River—not the one in Texas, but the one that runs north along the North Dakota-Minnesota border and … Continue reading
If you’ve ever had to work with other writers on a document, you know that the workflow can become a hassle. Who works on it when? You can trade the file back and forth by email, or by passing a … Continue reading
Author and blogger Tobias Buckell explains why pen and paper are much more than a last resort for a writer who doesn’t have access to a computer. On the contrary, sometimes they’re exactly the right tool for the job (as … Continue reading