Writing

 
 
 

Editorial Negotiations

23 November 2014
An EE user once described her task that day as: "Editing my editor's edit. I'm sure it has a name, but I don't know what it is." "Editorial negotiations" is a good way to describe it. As researchers and writers, we write what we intend. We think it's clear. The editor disagrees and attempts a rewrite--and we're aghast ...

Identification of Places in Non-Fiction Writing

5 July 2014
What trumps what when writing place names? Where do we draw the line between redundancy and clarity? ...

Clichés that Refuse to (Ahem) Go Quietly into the Night

1 June 2014
Samuel Goldwyn famously quipped that the world needs some new clichés. For certain, writers of history have worn out all those created in the past 300 years. Consider ...

Writing History

22 April 2014
Thomas Mann wrote essays, novels, and short stories. He did it well enough to become a Nobel laureate. He also wrote: "A writer is ...

“I-disease"

23 February 2014
We’ve all been cautioned against it—this great sin against good writing. “I ..., I ..., I ... .” So what’s the alternative? The one we most commonly see is another sin in the writer’s Bible: the passive voice . . .