Shutting Up Instead of Talking

According to Hersh, “songwriting is about shutting up instead of talking.”

Hersh is Kristin Hersh, a songwriter.

This quote reminds me of the old one about writing being easy, just slit your wrists and bleed over the paper, something like that. Possibly less dramatic and drastic sounding, but with the same meaning.

In the end most communication is about shutting off one thing so the flow of ideas can come from another source.… Read the rest

Technical Writing

Suite101 is closing and removing their ecourses from SuiteU. I’ve copied some of them here so they will not be lost and future/ current writers can still learn and benefit from the ecourse.

Technical Writing

By Thomas Martin

Introduction

 

Technical writers have been around for a long time. In some ways, you can even look upon the illuminated manuscripts from medieval times as early technical writing!… Read the rest

Linguistics and Semantics

From SuiteU. Saved before it disappears. More pages of links were included back to the course writer’s topic on Suite101 but all of those links were 404 so I have not tried to include them.

Linguistics & Semantics
By Antonella Sartor

Introduction

Have you never asked yourself what is the real meaning of ‘language’? (linguistics) Why the words change?

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Talking to Conceal

telephone

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. – Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Think about this next time you’re writing some dialogue. Not just writing between the lines or leaving things out but what part of conversation hides things by using camouflage? Politicians use a lot of words to make it seem they are saying a lot but the words they use actually have little meaning, or the size of the words conceals the fact nothing is really being said at all.… Read the rest