Creating a Humor Habit

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There are a few things that just about every comedian does, regardless of comedic stylings or background. We talked about one of them a couple of weeks ago: keeping a humor notebook. The second thing is that they write. A lot. In comedy, there’s an unwritten rule called The Rule of 90 (although I’ve just… Read more


The Musicality of Words

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music… Read more


What Will Be Your Story?

Sometimes, when we’re first introducing ourselves to someone, they ask “what’s your story?” And then we proceed to tell them a little bit about our background, or why we’re at the current event, or perhaps we’ll sidestep the question with a joke response like “Part Tale of Two Cities, part Charlotte’s Web.” But say you’re… Read more


The Differences Between Dashes

My editor gave me a note to help me understand the differences between types of dashes when working on my book (see the original here): Figure dash “-“ En-dash “–“ Em-dash “—“ When to use each: Between numbers not indicating a range. e.g. phone numbers (867-5309). Between numbers in a range. e.g. integers from 1–10… Read more


Technical Writing vs Literary Writing

All of us engineers would certainly write the latter… Read more

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