Category Archive for: ‘Writing’

The Department of Redundancy Department, Part 2: Pleonasm


In a previous post, I introduced the problem of redundant writing and discussed the first of two kinds of redundancy: …

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The Heroic Journey 5: The Hero’s Inner Journey


Another fairly common trait in Hero’s Journey stories is the inner journey of the Hero, analogous to the outer journey he undertakes.

The Hero starts out with an outer “want” and an inner “need.” He might not be conscious, even, of the inner need, but it’s clear to the reader.

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Abstract and Concrete Nouns


As I work with students on their SAT essays, I end up seeing certain errors over and over. One of …

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The Department of Redundancy Department, Part 1: Tautology


Here’s a common problem most folks can’t put their finger on: the tautology.

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