2022 Mar 17


@March 17, 2022 10:27 AM (EDT)

For something to be catchy/sticky - I think the less syllables the better. I can really easily say, I've got the "meat sweats," since it's two 1-syllable words. The challenge with a coined phrase is finding that sweet spot between meaning and sound.

@March 17, 2022 3:59 PM (EDT)

proof of imagination

@March 17, 2022 7:17 PM (EDT)

It’s easier for me to cut paragraphs with fun language knowing that these burn ends will appear on my logloglog. They get a life of their own, even if not in the context of an essay.

@March 17, 2022 7:17 PM (EDT)

Things to include in your introduction— the map & the hook.. The map is about orientation. If there are 4 sections ahead, compress each one into a word, and put them all in one sentence at the end of the introduction. The hook is about anticipation. It’s about leaving an an unanswered question that you return to at the end.

@March 17, 2022 7:17 PM (EDT)

When phonetics trump the Oxford Comma.. I had certain engrained habits around commas and “ands” that I’ve followed for over a decade. But reading drafts out loud, and editing based on how things sound off your tongue, leads to a warping of language.

@March 17, 2022 7:23 PM (EDT)

You can’t know in advance what your library of work look like.