Commentary from a New York Times bestselling author on the business and life of writing for a living--everything from money and motivation, to plagiarism and writer's block.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
George Owell on Using the English Language
Here's a pleasant and useful essay about writing: "Politics and the English Language," by George Orwell, in which he notes that '... any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism ..." Thanks to The Eonomist.)
A fulltime writer for the past 28 years, I've written several dozen books, among them On the Way to the Web; Blogging Heroes;, the New York Times bestseller Crosley; Before Oprah: Ruth Lyons, the Woman Who Created Talk TV; and a few science fiction novels.
Forthcoming are a tell-all about Internet "interaction," a biography of Earl Muntz (who invented auto stereo), and computing titles.
I've done quite a bit of editing, including acquisitions for Baen Books and serving as Associate Editor or New Destinies.