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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

“Writing is the only way I know to demand justice from an uncaring universe." Dorothy Allison

A Writing Tool

If you are a word nerd, this is the podcast for you. The website description says it all: "Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer." The podcasts, available everywhere, are short and fun.

Writing Tip

Do you usually use the word usually too often in your writing? All writers have unnecessary crutch words. Here's a list of 50 plus words and phrases you may need to cull. Use the search function to find the words (focus on the words and phrases you know you use too much) and see if you can delete the word - or say it better.

There's a Story Here: Sydney, Australia, New Year's Eve, 2019

What story would you write about this video?

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