WINGSPREAD E-zine        May 1, 2015

“Spreading your wings” in a complex world


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3. Newest blog article: On Writing: Layout
4. Writer’s Corner
5. Favorite quotes and books

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New blog article: On Writing: Layout

Even if you’re a great writer, there’s no virtue in ugly. After you’re sure your editing is done, you must think about layout (e.g., formatting). Layout has to do with type font and style, paragraphing, chapter headings and subheadings, running heads, paging and page numbering, justification, line spacing (the technical name is leading) and a bunch of other stuff. You’re thinking about aesthetics, clarity, and (a big one) consistency. Think about layout—your readers will thank you, and they will be more likely to read your stuff.….  Read more here:

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Writer’s Corner
Wondering how to revise your work? Read my “How to revise your writing” at: .


Writer’s Word of the Week:  tight writing”
Definition: Writing frugally, economically. Not one superfluous word. Fewer words makes every word more powerful.

Liven up your writing by tightening. Change a phrase into a single adjective:

Instead of “on a mat,” use “matted.” Instead of “who had fled” use “fled,” etc.


Here are some terse phrases from Leif Enger, Peace Like a River. Aren’t they wonderful?

the path beat backward under her feet.          [personifying the path]

weak light leaking through the clouds.           [metaphor]

a fled serviceman left her pregnant.               [adjectivizing a verb]

their eyes dustbowl-flat.                                    [metaphor]

suspendered baggies [referring to pants]      [adjectivizing a noun]

frostbit sunrise                                                    [metaphor that chills your bones]

cameled out of Egypt (referring to a mode of travel) [verbalizing a noun]

the hard, useless sun.                                      [personification]

the woman, Frenchbraided and scarf unslung…         [adjectivizing a noun]

a guestless [marriage] ceremony.                    [adjectivizing a noun]

Favorite new quotes:

♫   A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.
Leo Tolstoy

♫   I loathe dogs. They are kept by those who haven’t the courage to bite people themselves.
August Strindberg

♫   If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

♫   When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.
Leo Tolstoy

♫   Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

♫  WORK like you don’t need money,
LOVE like you’ve never been hurt,
DANCE like no one’s watching.

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