5 hurdles that distinguish authors from experts

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Some people are awesome at what they do. Other people are just as excellent, but they can write a book about it. Let’s take a close look at what makes the difference. To start, I want you to think about the thing you know that nobody else seems to know, the thing you are passionate … Continued

In praise of sentence case for headlines

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Mother Jones is posing the ultimate question for a publication: What words should you capitalize in a headline? I certainly know where I stand. There are four methods to decide which words get capitalized in headings: Sentence case: Capitalize only the first word, like a sentence. This is now the standard at the Washington Post, … Continued

Donald Trump, Dorian, and the meaning of Sharpiegate

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Donald Trump, or someone close to him, scribbled with a Sharpie on a hurricane weather map to convince us he didn’t make a mistake. His judgment is clearly shot. Assuming we survive until election day, that’s going to be a problem. What happened? Well, on September 1, Trump tweeted that Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama … Continued

How to help the Bahamas after Dorian

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After Hurricane Dorian reached 200-mile-per-hour winds, it basically stopped on top of two islands in the Bahamas and pounded them for 24 hours. Five people are dead, and they’re going to find more. Here’s how it looks. Grand Bahama Island, one of the two devastated islands, is 55 miles from the coast of Florida. The … Continued

How to plan and write pieces of any length

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What’s the best process to write something? The answer depends, more than anything else, on how long it is. You need a plan, but that plan depends on the length of what you’re aiming for. (This advice is for nonfiction. If you write fiction, I’m curious how much the process differs for you.) This post … Continued

Elections, hurricanes, and the uncertainty conundrum

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I have two simple questions for you. Is Elizabeth Warren the most likely democratic candidate to win the Democratic nomination? Is Elizabeth Warren more likely than not to win the Democratic nomination? One way to analyze these questions is to look at the odds on a site like PredictIt. As I write this, you can … Continued

Defending the deportation of sick children

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How do you justify evil? According to the AP and the Boston Globe, the Trump administration is ending a program that allowed families to stay in the United States while their children receive medical treatment for illnesses like cancer. (Boston is a center for specialized hospitals for children and cancer treatment so it deals with … Continued