Snippett Zone – Counting words

For the next few minutes, sit quietly and we will control all that you read. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe, mystery, and imagination which comes from writing.

Still Writing?

The Amateur Emigrant, by Robert Louis Stevenson (written 1879–80, published 1895). The author aboard ship from Europe to New York. He seems to have had full access to the different areas of the ship, the different classes of accommodations, the working conditions. He apparently talked with everybody, passengers and crew. His accounts of events, his …

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Abby’s Café

I’m sure I’m not the only writer who has a writing home (or homes) away from home, where she or he takes the process to a new environment, if only to refresh the mind. Moving the usually solitary process into the public realm—having to maintain focus while the world is right in your face—is, I …

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Can and Able

What has happened to our brash, ‘I-can-do-it’ style of American English? Has anyone else noticed? Passive verbs have overtaken our vocabulary.