Do you have difficulty writing in a second language? (video)
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
2d ago
Viewing time: 3 min. 32 sec. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast about writing that I started in 2017 and that ran, more or less weekly, until April 2022. This is a republication of issue #41, about how to get better at writing in a second language. The post first ran on Dec. 15/17. Transcript: Welcome to The Write Question, I’m Daphne Gray-Grant. Today we’re talking about writing in a second language. I’m answering a question from Yousef Hosseinnejad who lives in Mashhad, Iran. Here’s what he wrote to me. I’m planning to move to Canada and since I’m not native to English I have to ..read more
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The figurative language of Jean Hanff Korelitz
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
3d ago
Credit: Wikimedia Reading time: Less than 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from Jean Hanff Korelitz… Probably because I’m the mother of triplets, several people recommended a new novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz to me. Titled The Latecomer, the book tells the life story of a set of triplets, born via IVF. But the latecomer of the title is a child born some 20 years later as a full sibling, because her genetic material had been preserved in a freezer. The story isn’t so much about triplets,  ..read more
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How the curse of knowledge is harming your writing
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
5d ago
Credit: PEXELS Reading time: About 4 mins. It might surprise you to learn that the curse of knowledge is not a blessing in disguise. In fact, it’s a considerable disadvantage for writers… If you’re a writer, you’re probably a know-it-all. Not in the sense of a 6-year-old bully who says things like, “my dad knows way more about computers than your dad,” or a 16-year-old bully who says, “I’m going to get into Harvard rather than some crummy state-run school — like you.”  Writers become know-it-alls because of the work we do. Think about it: for just about every story, article or blog post ..read more
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When to give up on your writing (video)
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1w ago
Viewing time: 3 min. 58 sec. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast about writing that I started in 2017 and that ran, more or less weekly, until April 2022. This is a republication of issue #40, about when to give up on your writing. The post first ran on Dec. 8/17. Transcript: Welcome to The Write Question, I’m Daphne Gray-Grant. Today we’re talking about when to give up on your writing. [Spoiler: never!] Today I’m going to answer a question from Bob Preziosi in Davie, Florida. Here’s what he’s asked: [recording] Hi Daphne, I’ve written about 65 blogs on leadership, and all were ..read more
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The figurative language of Jean Echenoz…
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1w ago
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 metaphors from Jean Echenoz… French writer Jean Echenoz published his first book, Le Méridien de Greenwich in 1979, and received the Fénéon Prize for it in 1980. Since then, he has published 12 novels and received 10 literary prizes for them. The one I’m writing about today is Ravel: A Novel which recounts the last ten years in the life of French composer, pianist and conductor Maurice Ravel. It wasn’t so much the story that grabbed m ..read more
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How to stop missing deadlines
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1w ago
Reading time: About 3 minutes Are you already a Timely Tom or Tina? Or do you need to learn how to stop missing deadlines? Are you the kind of writer who misses deadlines? I know you well. In fact, I used to be you.  When I was at university, many decades ago, I had a difficult time with deadlines. I tried hard to meet them, often staying up all night to research and write. But sometimes I just couldn’t manage finishing on time.  One day, I was about a week late with a paper and I accidentally strolled by the prof’s office. Yikes! There he was, sitting at his desk, reading. I ran. H ..read more
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The figurative language of Bonnie Garmus…
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
2w 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 from Bonnie Garmus…. Bonnie Garmus is an American copywriter and creative director who currently lives in London. Now, she has a best-selling breakout novel on her hands, Lessons in Chemistry.  I found the book to be both lively and funny and while it’s set in the early 1960s, the unrelenting sexism of the day reminded me of my experience at daily newspapers in the male-dominated 1980s. But the best aspect of the ..read more
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How to prepare an annual writing plan
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
2w ago
Credit: UNSPLASH Reading time: Less than 4 mins. If you’ve never produced an annual writing plan, read on to learn why you should, and how to do it…. If I’d been faster off the mark, I’d have published today’s blog post before the end of 2022…. That way it would have been perfectly timed for so-called “clean slate” people – those who like to make annual resolutions or tie their planning to landmarks like the start of a new year. Still, in this column about why and how to prepare an annual writing plan, I want to emphasize that it’s never too late to plan. It may already be January 10, but mos ..read more
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Is talking about writing okay? (video)
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
3w ago
The Write Question is a weekly video podcast about writing that I started in 2017 and that ran, more or less weekly, until April 2022. This is a republication of issue #38, about whether talking about writing is a good idea. The post first ran on Nov. 24/17. Transcript: Welcome to The Write Question. I’m Daphne Gray-Grant. Today we’re talking about talking…. Today I’m answering a question from Susan Soriano from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Here’s her question.  [recording] When do you think it’s safe to talk about your writing or your writing project to non-writers? Thanks for your qu ..read more
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All about writing book introductions (video)
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by Daphne Gray-Grant
1M ago
Viewing time: 4 mins. and 52 secs. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast about writing that I started in 2017 and that ran, more or less weekly, until April 2022. This is a republication of issue #37, all about writing book introductions. The post first ran on Nov. 17/17. Transcript:  Welcome to The Write Question, I’m Daphne Gray-Grant. Today we’re talking about how to write a book introduction. Today I’m answering a question from science teacher and writer Fred Estes in San Francisco. Here’s his question. [phone recording] Hi Daphne, I’m writing a book of biographical profiles ..read more
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