The problem with rules (part 1)

As a teacher, editor, writer, and word nerd, I am occasionally asked to describe the rules of good writing. More often, I am asked specific questions: where do my commas go? What on earth is the semi-colon for? How do I know where to start a new paragraph? Isn’t it wrong for my sentence to take up more than a single line? Usually, people are disappointed by my answers, which are almost always vague on “rules.” That’s partly because there aren’t actually that many hard and fast rules – and… Read More »The problem with rules (part 1)

Rules of the Smithy

Hi all, and welcome to my first post in the Wordsmithery. In my earlier imaginings, I pictured this blog as a space for discussing writing issues exclusively – focusing on those that affect nonprofit communications and fundraising and/or that I repeatedly encounter as a reader, writer, and editor. However, an injury in late October provided me the respite to reconsider just about everything – including the extent to which I wish to separate my professional writing and identity from the (probably more interesting) other stuff. And so, I have decided… Read More »Rules of the Smithy