On Language and the Possibility of Prescriptivism

I consider blogging part of my job now. When you want to become a professional writer, you have to take every opportunity you can to write and to learn... and to have your grammar ripped apart. I admit, I haven't been a saint when it comes to pleasing the grammar gods, but I haven't been … Continue reading On Language and the Possibility of Prescriptivism

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Page Fright: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Words

One of my books says that you aren't a true writer if you don't feel a stabbing anxiety in your chest every time you look at a blank screen. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one out there that goes through a minor panic attack while deciding which words are worthy enough … Continue reading Page Fright: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Words

Don’t think; Act!

Oh, private language. I know it all too well. Wittgenstein might have thought differently about it had he suffered from anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychology has at times been the butt of many a joke, with Behaviorism in particular (gavagai, anyone?), but it serves a purpose – even if this purpose is rather self-indulgent at … Continue reading Don’t think; Act!