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On Writing: Style, part 3: Writing in Bad Faith

...supposed to sound like - then we aren't looking for the best way to answer those essential questions: who am I talking to, what am I trying to say, and why.So, too, with style. If I'm trying to sound like Jim Hale (whatever a Jim Hale sounds...
On Writing: The existential keyboard

...Good writing means knowing all the options we have for answering those three fundamental questions: Who am I talking to? What am I trying to say? And why?And if you still want some rules and guidelines, here's one for you:Forget who you are...
On Writing: Editorial horrors

...subject, new context, new purpose, where we have to explore anew those three enduring questions: Who am I talking to? What am I trying to say? And why?? Jim Hale can be contacted at or through his website, https...
On Writing: Omitting needless words

...other question for a change: what makes a word necessary?First, let's remember our three fundamental questions:What am I trying to say?Who am I talking to?And why?Whether a word is necessary or not depends on how well it answers not...
Feiffer dances with noir in graphic novel

...myself this 2 1/2-year job of drudgery. It turned out to be fun, but at the time I thought, 'This is impossible, what am I doing?'"The result is his new graphic novel, "Kill My Mother" (Liveright: 160 pages, $27.95), a noir tale...
Nothing more than an act of love raising awareness about early-childhood exposure to Mel Kiper, but that'ss a different issue.)To paraphrase: What am I supposed to tell my kid when he sees that?It is a pertinent question. To those parents, I submit the following answer...
On Writing: Big words, part one

...word that will help readers respond appropriately to the writing at hand. This is the "why" of our three questions: what am I trying to say, who am I talking to, and why? In this pursuit, a word can be "right" for many different reasons...
On Writing: Mistakes were made

...simply following the experts' advice instead of thinking for ourselves to answer those three fundamental questions:What am I trying to say?Who am I talking to?And why?No one else can answer those questions for you: not Strunk and White...
Slack Tide: Hardcore Alaska Soft: Summer Edition

...He's all dejected, crying into his Contigo Autoseal® West Loop stainless steel travel mug with easy-clean lid, "now what am I going to put in my freezer?" "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day," I say, beckoning him to follow me...
Puddle Jumpers preschool to close

...received seven or eight calls a day, and they continued in lesser numbers through the week."I heard comments like 'What am I supposed to do?' and 'I don't know if I'm going to be able to work.' It is really awful," Shibler said...


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