Monthly Archives: May 2012
Subdue your inner editor as you write what you need to write. Then let your words simmer as you work on something different. When you return to it, you’ll be able to edit with fresh eyes.
1. Watermelon (citrullus lanatus) Nothing says “Welcome back, warm weather” quite like a barbecue with friends or a cold beer. But a distant third is watermelon, and that’s not bad for a fruit. Watermelon had a strong three decades punctuated … Continue reading
When I read about a famous writer’s grandfather who owned a tailor shop in Brooklyn, I imagine a row of shops manned by first-generation immigrants who patiently await a new client or returning customer. The tailor’s shop is deep and … Continue reading
For 99.9 percent of the time since our species came to be, we were hunters and foragers, wanderers on the savannahs and the steppes. There were no border guards then, no custom officials. The frontier was everywhere. We were bounded … Continue reading
Write your header (h1) succinctly and directly. The h1 is an invitation to read on. If Thanksgiving dinner was a web page, the h1 would be: Eat Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey and stuffing would be h2 subheads Gravy would be an … Continue reading
If you can say it short or say it long, say it short.
Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos is a favorite book of mine. The plot, loosely summarized, centers around a group of tourists who take a cruise to the Galapagos Islands in 1986. Then the apocalypse happens, killing all of humanity apart from this … Continue reading