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The Grammar of Coffee

If you haven’t had your coffee yet, don’t try to write about coffee. Most of the capitalization and spelling conventions surrounding the world’s most beloved bean make sense, but not before you’ve had your cup of joe.Lowercase the names of…continue reading
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How to Write about Illness

A couple weeks ago, I edited a newsletter that contained an article on the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a chronic, degenerative disorder that causes immense frustration and distress, both for those who live with it and…continue reading
Person holding a blue pen writing in a notebook.

Four Tips for Better Writing

Whereas reading is almost effortless, writing is the reverse. Even the best writers struggle to put words on paper. About an early draft of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck[1] lamented in his diary, “My work is no good, I…continue reading