WINGSPREAD E-zine April 1, 2015

An E-magazine dedicated to “spreading wings” in a complex world


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3. Newest blog article: Editing: the spit and polish of a good writer
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On Writing. Editing—the spit and polish of a good writer

So you’ve written your article and even revised it. You’re done, right? Well, not exactly. Now’s the time to carefully edit your piece.

Are you a lousy writer? Get an outside reader. Are you a great writer? Get an outside reader! You can never see your own writing as clearly as another pair of eyes. Friends are usually too kind—they love you and wish to encourage, not critique….  Read more here:

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Wondering how to clean up your writing? Read my “How to revise an article” at:

Liven up your writing by cutting out “dead” verbs (e.g., is, was, been). Here are examples of some spritely verbs:

mouseholed (chose to not engage the problem)

ape (imitate)


blazes out (stands out sharply)


bristle (react angrily)

broker (negotiate, mediate for another, e.g., broker a settlement)

browse (casually search)

cash out (dispose of a long-held asset, e.g., “cash out” of the marriage)

cauterize (cover over, paper over, gloss over, a matter)

cloy (sicken with excess sweetness, romance)

conjure (create out of nothing)

crimsoning (bloodying; using –ing to change noun to a verb)

cull (sort)

discomfit (make nervous, unsettle)

disembowel (evicerate, destroy)

elbow (push aside)

entomb (bury, obscure permanently)

envenom (poison, destroy, corrupt)

eschew (avoid)

exhume (dredge up)


evoke (conjure up, draw out)


flag (tire)

forestall (prevent)

hobble (handicap or hinder)

hurl (throw hard and far)

hurtle (move at a high speed)

inoculate (make impervious to)

invoke (ask for help; quote an authority)

jostle (trouble, irritate)


leapfrog (surpass)

lurch (move irregularly, violently)


Writer’s Word of the Week:  sprawl”

Definition: Sprawl is a nasty thing. It means using too many subordinate clauses in a sentence before getting to the subject. E.g., “Because he was tall, and he liked to play basketball, although he played it poorly, Jerry neglected his studies.” (15 words before you get to the subject, Jerry!)


Writer’s Digest

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Joseph Williams, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace


♫   Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

♫   He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 ♫   I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

♫   The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

♫   There is a country is Europe where multiple-choice tests are illegal.
Sigfried Hulzer

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