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Philosophy of Writing – 16 – Dialogue I.

October 23, 2012 by


In linguistics it is generally considered to be the case that each participant in a conversation will assume a particular set of things about every other participant. To put it more simply: we expect things from the people we talk to. A useful formulation of this “cooperative principle” of conversation is called “Grice’s conversational maxims”, […]

Overwrought & Overwritten

April 11, 2011 by


I believe writers are being confused. Not on purpose, of course — I don’t think anyone in the industry is trying to give bad advice to amateur authors. But I do see professionals giving advice that suggests overwrought prose is a result of editing too much. There is such a thing as overwrought and overwritten […]

Good Morning – A Very Brief Personal Essay

March 24, 2011 by


After an all-night writing session, I am entitled to my coffee. I ponder the problem, early-rising cats frothing about my ankles. The grinder is empty and, gourmand that I am, I have only whole beans. Oh, but I can’t do it to them — they were so good and went to sleep at sensible times. […]

I am writing a book.

February 7, 2011 by


It’s called “Maybe & the Wolf” (perhaps with different punctuation after editing). Are you nice? I’m pretty nice. Let’s be friends.