The figurative language of Shelby Van Pelt
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
3d ago
Credit: AUTHOR WEBSITE Reading time: About 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from Shelby Van Pelt.  Author Shelby Van Pelt, pictured above, grabbed my attention when I learned she had written a novel with an octopus as a main character. Then, when I learned the book had sold 1.4 million copies and earned the author a considerable advance, I decided to read it. While overall I felt the book — Remarkably Bright Creatures — suffered from many “first novel” problems (the plo ..read more
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3 ways to avoid distractions
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
4d ago
Credit: UNSPLASH Reading time: About 2 minutes Learn to avoid distractions, and you’ll not only create more time and focus for your writing, but you’ll do it with greater ease and relaxation, too… By Ann Gomex Distractions are one of the biggest barriers to a productive day, especially for writers. Even being a plane — once considered the pinnacle of distraction-free time — is rife with distractions. Most of us will agree that we need to avoid distractions if we want to be productive. We want to manage interruptions if we want to achieve our goals. But this is easier said than done. We are, a ..read more
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Writing to the point of pain
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
4d ago
Credit: PEXELS Reading time: About 3 minutes If you’re not writing to the point of pain from time to time, you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough…. My husband and I went to Phoenix the last week of January — our first get-on-a-plane holiday since the pandemic. Part of the reason we’ve reduced air travel is not just the increased risk of getting sick or the financial cost, but more seriously, the environmental cost. It’s not something I want to do very often. But we took this short trip and got as much out of the adventure as we could (despite unseasonably cold and rainy weather) unt ..read more
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Conflicting literary opinion. What should you do?
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
6d ago
Credit: PEXELS Reading time: About 1 minute This is my weekly installment of “writing about writing,” in which I scan the world for material to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about a conflicting literary opinion….. In medicine, it’s called a “conflicting opinion.” Two doctors disagree about a diagnosis or perhaps a treatment. But what do you do if you run into such a problem with your writing? That was a predicament facing Allison Williams in a question she needed to answer for an “Ask The Editor” column for Jane’ Friedman’s recent blog. The questioner — a writer who had a qu ..read more
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The figurative language of Dwight Garner…
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1w ago
Reading time: About 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about similes and metaphors from Dwight Garner… My two big hobbies are reading and cooking. So imagine my reaction when I heard about the subtitle of Dwight Garner‘s latest book. The main title is The Upstairs Delicatessen, which comes from critic Seymour Krim’s metaphor for human memory. (Clever, right?) But it was the book’s subtitle that sealed the deal for me: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading.  I’ve eaten, read, eaten while ..read more
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How to recover from mistakes
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1w ago
Credit: PEXELS Reading time: About 2 minutes Do you know how to recover from mistakes? The formula is simple — but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. By Ann Gomez Mistakes happen. In fact, they’re inevitable. Despite our good intentions and diligence, mistakes creep into our writing and our actions. We are human, after all. But since we know mistakes are going to happen, it’s important to address them in the best way so we can gain back trust and restore our credibility. Here’s what I suggest you do the next time your humanness strikes with a mistake. 1-Accept responsibility This is the most import ..read more
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Reconsider your failed New Year’s resolutions
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1w ago
Credit: UNSPLASH Reading time: About 3 minutes The word failed makes us feel like, well, failures. But reconsidering your failed New Year’s resolutions can yield some hopeful results… By mid-February, many people have collected an assortment of failed New Year’s resolutions. Especially if those resolutions involved exercise or writing. But instead of feeling downhearted or discouraged with yourself, take the rest of the month of February to figure out why your heartfelt plans didn’t work. And then make a new plan for moving forward. Here are seven steps that will help you think differently ab ..read more
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How to overcome perfectionism
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
2w ago
Credit: UNSPLASH Reading time: About 2 minutes If you haven’t figured out how to overcome perfectionism, you likely don’t know that “done” is much better than perfect… Are you a proud perfectionist? No doubt, we all share high standards. You wouldn’t be where you are today without setting and consistently reaching a high bar. But when the bar you’ve set is high enough to begin with, good enough is often, well…good enough. “Perfection is the enemy of good” is a phrase often attributed to 18th century French writer Voltaire. This aphorism highlights how our insistence on perfection can prevent ..read more
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How to stop torturing your readers with boring writing
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
2w ago
Credit: UNSPLASH Reading time: About 3 minutes If you’re producing boring writing, you need to figure out why. Could the problem be as simple as your sentence structure? Do you ever worry that your writing is too boring? Don’t fret — you’re not alone. Most writers are overwhelmingly self-critical. But the issue may not be you. Or your subject. The problem may simply be a mechanical one. In short, it’s possible that you’re structuring too many of your sentences in exactly the same way. Look at this piece of writing, from Chat GPT, for example: “The researchers conducted a comprehensive literat ..read more
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Do more by using the power of subtraction
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
3w ago
Credit: PEXELS Reading time: About 2 minutes See if you can use the power of subtraction to create more time for writing in your life… By Ann Gomez Engineering professor and author, Leidy Klotz, was building a Lego bridge with his young son, Ezra, when they encountered an engineering challenge. The support towers on either side of the span were uneven. How to fix the problem? Klotz’s instinct was to add more to the shorter tower. Young Ezra did the opposite. He brought the taller tower down by subtracting. Klotz invited many of his colleagues to fix the bridge and their instinct was the same ..read more
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