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This won’t be a regular blog, but sometimes, as writer, reader, or editor, I’m struck by a question, insight, or idea I think others might like or find useful. I’ll also toss in some articles and book reviews.
Steven Pinker’s book on Writing
Steven Pinker is a linguist and cognitive scientist who has written a number of erudite books on a wide range of topics. His latest, The Sense of Style, is about writing. I recommend it. Here’s a link to my review of it on goodreads.com.
Volunteer to Teach Writing
A writer's outlook on a piece a student is working on is likely to be quite different from a teacher's. Helping a kid figure out what he or she is really trying to say and how to best say it isn't the same as teaching standard essay technique and format.
Help a kid learn to write better. You may even learn something new about your own writing. Many schools and other organizations have such programs.
Here is a blog from a PEN program I'm involved in.
Tips for Writing Memoir
Will Boast, a successful memoirist, offers some very good advice in his recent piece in Publisher's Weekly.
Here's the link.