Wordsmithy: hot tips for the writing life (Moscow ID: Canon Press, 2011)

Cultivate your interest and skill in writing, or in any creative enterprise, with Douglas Wilson’s Wordsmithy.

Wilson discusses his writing wisdom in light of seven commands, which, in keeping with good instruction, (mostly) constitute active verbs:

  • know something about the world
  • read
  • read mechanical helps
  • stretch before your routines
  • be at peace with being lousy for a while
  • learn other languages
  • keep a commonplace book

Lists of recommended resources (the bane of any tributary-traveling bibliophile) fill almost every section, and are alone worth the cost and expense of the book.


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