Have you noticed a change?

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An Interviewer will ask questions like “What do you think of the economy?” “Have you ever considered retiring from law enforcement?” “Can the Dodgers win the World Series this year?” Often an interviewee will begin a response by saying, “Well . . . ,” perhaps, as The American Heritage Dictionary…

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Some of the best

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If you read Westerns, you know Larry McMurtry’s novel Lonesome Dove, Jack Schaefer’s novel Shane, Elmore Leonard’s short story “3:10 to Yuma,” and Louis L’Amour’s works, which comprise more than one hundred novels and short story collections.

But even if you don’t read Westerns, you may still enjoy this passage…

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Don’t feel bad

In The Random House Handbook, Frederick Crews offers this consolation: “We do not have things to say; we acquire them in the process of working on definite problems that catch our attention.”

Those definite problems are the questions that occur to us when we think about describing…

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More is sometimes too much

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You’ve written a description of a sunset, a story about a friend, the directions for changing the oil in an ATV, or an argument against some policy. You know that the most accurate title for it is “TMI,” but you can’t change it, because you’ve fallen in love with your…

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John Douglas Porter

John Douglas Porter

John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays and stories.