Monthly Archives: August 2010

If Words Fail Us – Tony Judt

Last night, I watched  Charlie Rose interviewing Tony Judt. It was Judt’s last interview before passing away on August 6 of ALS. I had barely heard of Judt before, maybe only because he had won the George Orwell Prize in … Continue reading

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Organization (it has to start somewhere)

I was once in a horrid management training course in which all kinds of moronic theories were marched out for us poor radio producers to memorize. Some of the management flavour of the month dictums included the 5 “T’”s of … Continue reading

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Tangents Part Two

Before you know it, your thoughts have strayed off in some unpredictable direction. Something you’ve heard, read, seen, has sparked some idea and you say to yourself: “my mind has gone off on a tangent.” Again. But is a tangent … Continue reading

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Tangents Part One

This is the way my mind works and it can make it hard to write something coherently. Hierarchical outlining does not always work because you still have to place things in order (in a tree structure for example). Index cards … Continue reading

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Notation

I can remember how I got turned on to the subject of notation, in 1973, when my sociology professor handed me a book called “Notations” by John Cage. Inside were scores (literally) of pages illustrating how composers put down their … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Gotta Use Words blogThis is a place where we can discuss how writers write.

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