Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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Paperback Writer links to a quick list of Fifty Writing Tools at Poynter Online which seems seems to be the ToC of this book. PBW says she especially likes No. 34.

I especially like No. 14, "Get the name of the dog." Which I interpret as: pay attention to detail, to individuality and particularity. Other things being equal, prefer the specific to the general, the precise to the vague, the concrete instance over the Platonic archetype. This is one of the things I like about the writing of William Gibson, for example. And that of Kelly Link, come to think of it.

I like No. 13, too: "Play with words, even in serious stories. Choose words the average writer avoids but the average reader understands." I'm currently working on Draft Two of a YA novel. I've made a conscious decision not to limit my vocabulary to words that I think will be age appropriate. I wasn't intimidated by words I hadn't met before when I was a YA, and I'm not going to talk to down to my readers, either.

Come to think of it, I like almost all these tips.

Poynter is focused on journalism rather than fiction writing, and this book may be, too. Still, all fifty points sound good, and I may buy the book when it hits paperback. Still, US$13.59 isn't all that bad for a hardback.

Late-breaking: some interesting advice on final re-write and tightening from Jim Van Pelt's LJ. Yeah, I like this. One of my weasel words is 'just'. I'll have to start deliberately hunting and killing those. But I also weasel on 'only', like Jim does.


meaning: tower, monument

塔婆 == touba == (noun) stupa, pagoda, wooden grave tablet
広告塔 == koukokutou == (noun) billboard, advertising sign

Left radical is 'earth' (土). The right radical is a character found only in Chinese, composed of the radicals for 'grass/plants' (top element) and 'join together/fit' (合). It is used here phonetically to express 'build up'. Originally this character meant 'build up mound of earth'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Join plants and earth together to make monument.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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