The Purpose of Words, and Style

A Point of Contact

Pronouns are like kaleidoscopes, how you see them kind of changes but the colors, shapes and origins of the design stays the same. Pronouns come in and out of fashion, and they seem right or wrong, but it’s all just a matter of the times. McWhorter spends some time explaining this with examples of such common “wrong” assumptions as “Tell each student to hand in their paper” and “Billy and me”. The logic behind these mistakes is faulty, and often goes back to the imposing of Latin structure onto English.

Clear examples of changing pronoun use include such outdated words as Thee, Thou, and Yee. No one really knows why these things change, they just do, and it’s really not a big deal – it’s fashion. During the transition, however, people will often criticize and complain about poor English. McWhorter gives an example of a guy named

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How to Write 50,000 Words in 14 Days

Full-Time Writer Mom

Wait a minute – you thought that the goal of NaNoWriMo was to write 50,000 words in the month of November, which last you checked still has 30 days, not 14. And if you thought that, you’re absolutely right. When I decided, on a whim, to participate in NaNo this year, I thought that there was no way I would be able to write so much. To stay ahead of the game, it’s smart to write 2000 words a day. That’s a lot. Sometimes, in the throes of a brainwave, I’ve written that much, but could I keep it up for an entire month? And I know me: if I say I’m going to do something, I will pretty much kill myself to get it done.

NaNoWriMo must have been created for the writers with too much time on their hands, and they just needed a project like this to challenge…

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Finding motivation to write

Stella Tarakson

We’ve all been there. You get fired up and excited over an idea for a story. You sit at your computer and, in an all-consuming passion, bash out the first few pages. This is it, you say. The greatest story / article / book I’ve ever written! Yippee!

The next day, you write a few more pages. Still going strong, but perhaps without the same breathless excitement.

 The day after that, maybe there’s a few less pages.

 And even less the following day.

Before you know it, you start doing other things during your once-sacred writing time. Like dusting. Or eating chocolate (I know which I prefer!). Eventually it all comes grinding to a halt, leaving you feeling flat and uninspired and no longer motivated to write.

Hopefully it’s not the end of the dream forever – just a lull. So what can you do to fan those flames of…

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