Submission Guidelines

A friend is currently going through this miserable process, so I thought I’d help out … ūüėČ

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William Safire

William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully…

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Famous Razors

Razors aren‚Äôt just for shaving. In philosophy, a razor is a rule of thumb that allows for the elimination (the ‚Äúshaving off‚ÄĚ) of unlikely explanations. The most famous is Occam’s…

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The stages of a reader

Another delightful cartoon from Grant Snider:

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Context is everything! Cats and dogs in the Bible

I spotted this quote in a magazine this week … “The dog is mentioned in the Bible 18 times — the cat not even once.” –W E Farbstein, on the…

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Check your popularity with n-grams

Y’all know about n-grams, right? Wikipedia nails ’em: …¬†an n-gram is a contiguous sequence of n items from a given sequence of text or speech. The items can be phonemes,…

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Literary Putdowns

In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer…

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Stephen Fry vs. Grammar nazis

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Can’t seem to get any writing done today . . .

… I’m not sure what the problem is … [fblike]

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Interesting origins

The derivation of well-known words and phrases. Many familiar English words and phrases have interesting derivations, and because Britain was once a great sea power, a surprising number come from…

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