Category Archives: editing

  1. Nouns and the Realpolitik

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    April 14, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    I run a search for the term Web site and find these: website, web site, web-site, Website, Web site, Web-site, …
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  2. Playing Tag: 3 attribution alternatives for cleaner dialogue

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    February 23, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    Attributing quotation to the right speaker is essential for clarity, but the traditional tag (he said…she said…said the butler) is …
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  3. Value props or zero-content filler?

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    May 21, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    When we write about ourselves–our businesses, our companies, our communities–we can’t help but write from our own affections. But there’s …
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  4. The good sentence is a well-secured load

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    January 11, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    A sentence carries its meaning as a truck its load. The good driver secures it carefully. He cuts weight: innocuous …
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  5. You Are What You Read: A Sedimentary Approach

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    January 8, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    Our writing (and all that comprises it) is always moving toward our own internal standard. And the standard itself is …
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  6. Subdue Your Muse

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    December 29, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    I had a student ask why some lines, like Shakespeare’s “something wicked this way comes”, stick around and almost nothing …
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  7. Nouns: The Last Frontier

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    March 29, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    We’re running out of frontiers for carrying out our dominion mandate, but I think I’ve found one—the world of nouns. …
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