An Official Sign With Every Word Capitalized Just Seems Self-Important And Gets To Be Like A Finger Jabbing You Repeatedly.
I’m indifferent to being plagiarized because today’s media environment has changed what it means to have ownership of a piece of writing. Once your words are published online, they become part of the currency of the internet. They can be freely woven into others’ articles, quoted at length, or tweeted without context. None of us can afford to be that sensitive about how others use or abuse our work.
Dan Stewart, senior editor at The Week. On Monday, BuzzFeed reported that Sen. Rand Paul had clearly lifted segments of his story on mandatory sentencing without attribution.
I always have to know my characters in a lot of depth — what clothes they’d choose, what they were like at school, etc. And I know what happened before and what will happen after the part of their lives I’m dealing with. I can’t see them just now, packed into the stress of the moment.
Now, lots of people hate the semicolon… there’s Kurt Vonnegut, an author whose opinions carry well-deserved weight. Vonnegut is widely quoted maligning the punctuation mark: “Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
I don’t agree with Vonnegut’s apparently negative attitude toward transvestite hermaphrodites… but that’s a separate issue. He’s also wrong about semicolons.
Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in.