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Browsing Archive: January, 2011


Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, January 13, 2011,
Words have power.  No.  Words ARE power.  As writers, and as bloggers, we know that to be true.  Our style may be informal, we may dash off a blog now and then, but even in the most random of blog entries (perhaps especially in our most random of blog entries), we choose our words with care.  Because words have meaning.  Denotative and connotative.  Literal and symbolic.

And if we know that to be true, surely, our politicians and political speech writers, our media spokesmen and their staff, o...
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Of leather shoes and grape-stained feet

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, January 11, 2011,
The National Geographic Society has just announced the discovery of a six thousand year old winery in an Armenian cave.  It is not the earliest archaeological evidence of wine, but it is the earliest, most complete example of the production of wine.  And it just happens to be located in the same area where the earliest leather shoe was previously unearthed.   

There is a bon mot buried somewhere in that archaeological dig, to be found in the juxtaposition of leather shoe and grape-stained foo...
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Advice? We don't need no stinkin' advice!

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, January 5, 2011,
A few of my favorite quotes on writing, from one of my favorite books about writing - Rules of Thumb: 73 authors reveal their fiction writing fixations (edited by Michael Martone and Susan Neville).

"Write before you wake.  Write as you sleep, if at all possible."
Heid E. Erdich, Sleep On It

"Regularity is as helpful with the muse as with the bowels."
John Barth, The Ink-Stained Thumb

"You can start a story with a coincidence, but you cannot end with one."
Michael Martone, Prescriptions/Proscript...
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Writing Matters

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Sunday, January 2, 2011,
If you're an aspiring writer and you live in the New York/New Jersey area, you should know about the bi-monthly Writing Matters Series hosted by Watchung Booksellers in Montclair NJ.

"Writing Matters is a series of informal panel talks about the craft and business of writing.  Moving beyond a reading or book signing, our purpose is to facilitate a discussion among readers and writers, and to explore the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary publishing." (
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