Category Archives: writing (the craft of writing; good vs. bad writing; my training, experience, and lessons re same)

kudos

    Writers hunger for understanding and appreciation (as well as readers). A few readers of this blog, besides disagreeing (often vehemently) with my point of view, as reflected in some of my posts, have also critiqued my writing. I … Continue reading

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regarding Professor Strunk’s admonition, “Omit Needless Words.” (or, are long, complex sentences bad?)

    Should long, complex sentences be considered, a priori, evidence of bad writing? Ask Samuel Johnson. Or practically any other great writer one can think of. Sometimes the shortest sentences can be extremely powerful: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). But, … Continue reading

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reflections on writing of an autobiographical nature

    perspective in Joyce’s ‘Portrait of the Artist’       A relative has commented on a post of mine on this site, namely “My Boyhood,” at https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/04/10/boyhood/ My relative had some questions and made some observations about selectivity … Continue reading

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a scholarly putdown

    A friend told me a story the other day. He was given the assignment of writing a poem as a sophomore in high school. His teacher handed it back to him the next day and made the following … Continue reading

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further reflections upon my post “the greatest country” (and about the writing process)

    I have received (much to my surprise) harsh criticisms over the past couple of days in response to a new post of mine: “the greatest country in the world” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/01/26/the-greatest-country-in-the-world/ It appears that I have committed “thought crime,” that … Continue reading

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office politics (reflections upon, plus some thoughts about writing as it relates to IQ)

    I had a varied and spotty career in my work life. I was a freelancer for a few years, interrupted my career to pursue a graduate degree, but spent most of my work life working in offices. I … Continue reading

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Psych 132b

    The following is a true story. I haven’t thought about it for a long time. An obituary in the The New York Times of June 25, 2016 of Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham reminded me of it, indirectly. … Continue reading

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