All big political wars are fought more often with words than with weapons.
Your “terrorist,” so the saying goes, is my “freedom fighter.”
Your “illegal alien” may be my “undocumented worker.”
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All writers learn that it is not possible or desirable to control how a reader responds to story, or even a sentence. But you can influence reader response, and you should.
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Today is National Grammar Day, a special holiday for someone — namely me — who has written a book titled “The Glamour of Grammar.”
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Every writer faces problems. In the most recent I’ll help you figure out solutions.
Much of the advice I’ll give will derive from my book, “Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces,” which just … Read more
Originally published January 19, 2003, this essay by Roy Peter Clark describes the relationship between Eugene Patterson, who died Jan. 12 at the age of 89, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and legacy is celebrated today.… Read more