The curse of curse inflation

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.”

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

The ‘F word is such a useful word. The most powerful expletive in the English language, it is enormously adaptable: noun, adjective, adverb, verb, it will do them all. Do I use it – of course, sometimes no other word will do. But I want to ban it. Continue reading

Luring me back to cancel half a line

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Personal Space.”

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

This is my blog: I have chosen the name, the design and its purpose. It is for me, for my own enjoyment; and to practice my writing. Hence I write about what appeals to me, I use vocabulary that speaks to me, and I say what I feel.

Thus to answer the question posed by this prompt, a tripling of traffic would not lure me back to cancel half a line, nor wash out a word. Attracting readers is secondary. Although, contrariwise, if you are reading this then that is lovely. Continue reading

Ten Quote Tuesday (#10)

“I don’t want the reader to be aware of me as the writer.” -Elmore Leonard

This reminded me of the French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles. It is the only book I have read where the writer actually talks to you. Unusual, and yet it works so well.

A Writer's Path


Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes and writing prompts to nudge awake the sleeping muse. If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

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Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book

Maria Popova’s Brainpickings is indeed awesome. The link in Wilson’s post is worth following if only to see the most fabulous library!

Jacke Wilson

Via Maria Popova’s Brainpickings (of course!), we get this amazing overview of Virginia Woolf’s amazing advice on how to read a book.

The whole post is worth reading, but here’s a taste:

To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination if you are going to make use of all that the novelist — the great artist — gives you.

Virginia made a cameo here on the Jacke blog once before, when she visited Stonehenge. Glad to have you back, Virginia!

Let’s try a little K.T. Tunstall for our onward and upward. With the legendary Daryl Hall. Can’t we all just go hang out there, at Daryl’s house?

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