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by GrubStLodger
Sat May 05, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: 18th Century Capitalization
Replies: 9
Views: 4972

Re: 18th Century Capitalization

I read a lot of eighteenth century books and it seems that capitalisation is largely a personal matter. Many modern editions standardise capitalisation, which I find a pity because the texts where they don't, I find I can get into the author's rhythms better.
by GrubStLodger
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Computer: "the enemy of careful writing"
Replies: 50
Views: 8949

Re: Computer: "the enemy of careful writing"

I don't think careful writing is essential if you can improve energetic, uncareful writing with a good dollop of careful editing.
by GrubStLodger
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: No 1
Replies: 35
Views: 13180

Re: No 1

The book that has probably influenced me most in my life is called Scepticism Inc and by Bo Fowler.

But my favourite book is probably Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne because I could reread it hundreds of times without it losing much.
by GrubStLodger
Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: The Lion, The Witch and The *Snore*
Replies: 23
Views: 8335

Re: The Lion, The Witch and The *Snore*

I have never, as child or adult been able to get through the unwadeable stodge that is Lord of the RIngs and nor have I ever got through the Hobbit. There is something about the huge wads of exposition and landscape, combined with the fact that all the characters seemed liked cyphers following the d...
by GrubStLodger
Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Books on writing
Replies: 59
Views: 24970

Re: Books on writing

I liked the Laura Miller article an awful lot, writer's need to remember that writing is an act of communication and not the spinning of some airy, delicate candyfloss. Good writing is direct and solid. Another fantastic article about the same idea is 'The reader's manifesto' by BR Myers, I read it ...