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Good Writing Avoids Self-Consciousness, in My Opinion

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that a tuft of hair is sticking straight up off your head, or a glob of spinach is caught in your teeth, or the price tag is still on your shirt, and you say to yourself, how long have I been walking around looking this ridiculous?

Admit it. Everyone is self-conscious. We think of everything in terms of how it affects us personally. Of all the people in the world, the one we think most highly of — or at least most often of — is me.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that self-consciousness is a problem for most writers.

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Sunday Comics: Calvin and Hobbes on Writing a Short Story

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It’s Sunday, and time for our Sunday comics — all with a writing and/or grammar theme of course.

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What Is a Feghoot?

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Mark Rapacioli, Editor of Planet Relish E-zine says, “A feghoot isn’t just a short short story with a joke at the end. A Feghoot is a short short story that ends in a very groan-worthy pun.”

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Words We Confuse That Spell Checkers Miss, Part B

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Keeping these words straight is tough. Sometimes there’s a trick. Other times, you just have to learn the difference. I will periodically talk about these troublesome, spell checker-defying homophones to help you get them down.

Which of these cause you trouble?

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