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Being enlightened by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

Carmen Guerro Nakpil portrait by Isa Lorenzo

Writing is not magic. It is just a grind, and you do it or you don’t. It’s an arbitrary preference. Nothing to crow about.

This quote packs a punch and it is by one of the greatest Filipino writers ever, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil.

Not to sound self-righteous but it is baffling to hear writers, particularly, from those among us who do it for business, talk about what they do with as much affectation as a Texas minister on Sunday morning! Snobs. Guys, the statement above should put things in perspective. It’s “nothing to crow about” and the point is further magnified if you would read the context under which she delivered that line. She is a woman ahead of her time.

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Want To Write Better? Read Up!

You know how they say “you are what you eat”? Well, I say you write what you read. You’re probably thinking, “Great tip, Captain Obvious” but I doubt people actually digest what this means. Yes, corny pun intended.

 

you write what you read

Think about it. For someone who writes professionally, I am acutely in tune with my strengths and weaknesses. Sure, I can write pretty much anything the client asks for but some take a little more time and effort than others. And my turnaround time lies greatly on how easily the words flow.

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Daily Writing Tip: Foreign words in English usage

Foreign words often used in the English language, what they mean, and how to properly use them.
foreign words in english usage
Ad hoc (Latin) – concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose or end
example: An ad hoc committee was formed to investigate the corruption allegations in the Justice Department.
Angst (German) – dread and anxiety
   example: Teenage angst can be much to deal with.
Bona fide (Latin) – in good faith; genuine
    example: He is a bona fide environmentalist, a genuine green advocate.
Carpe diem (Latin) – seize the day
example: You may be a bit nervous, but now is your chance to shine. Carpe diem!
Dolce Vita (Italian) – sweet life; good life of physical pleasure and indulgence
example: My trip to Amanpulo was pure indulgence. A week of pure, uninterrupted dolce vita.
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Daily Writing Tip: Omit needless words

Vigorous writing is concise.

whitehat copyA sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

– Strunk & White