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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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Infographic: Illiteracy Around the World

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An infographic picturing literacy rates in the U.S. and around the world.

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It’s Good to Know Stuff, Part 1

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I taught for ten years in a public high school. It was a challenge that often sent me home frustrated …

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Writers, Politicians, Celebrities Praise Libraries

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Michigan librarian requests letters from celebrities on the importance of reading and libraries — and gets lots of responses!

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200 Ways to Say “Went”

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A few weeks ago, I created a graphic poster that listed 100 ways to say “said.” It was quite a hit. But there are plenty of words that young writers settle for, perhaps because they are unaware of the many alternatives.

I doubt there’s another action verb blander than go or it’s past form, went. It seemed to me that there are numerous better, more vivid alternatives, so I started brainstorming. Before long, I not only passed 100, but made it all the way to 200. In fact, I’ve thought of more since, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

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