Friday, February 5, 2010


I love wordsmiths because they use and like, ah, you know, ah --- words, all words! Words like quidnunc or poppysmic (yea, I saw that movie, too). Wordsmiths are cognizant of what words work well together to give us a descriptive picture.

In scrapbooking, I like using the technique of using old book pages or dictionaries to cut up and use on a page layout or card. To ink, crumble, tear or simply as is, adding character and whimsy to complete the look & feel of a complete project.

I recently went to Goodwill to purchase "said" book -- one I didn't care if it was torn asunder to bits and pieces. I found a dictionary that would work quite well. However, when I got it home and really looked through it -- I just couldn't put scissors to paper and render it worthless as a keeper of words. It had obviously been owned by a student of journalism. The inside covers and various pages had little snippets of journalism wisdom, that the author felt worth remembering.
Write Tight!
Remember: 1) self-edit 2) self-edit 3) self-edit
If there's anything you don't know for certain, look it up
Ten minutes early is right on time
Cut throat secretaries. They know everything.
Double check everything - even if you think you know it.
1. Never use the words locate or construct 2. Lead with the news
3. Write for the reader, not the source 4. Rewrite chunky sentences.
There is no yesterday, There is no tomorrow, There is only today.
Says/Features Said/News
Good writing can't cover bad reporting
Have fun and kick ass!

When I grow up, I want to be a wordsmith, have fun and kick ass, too!


  1. oh my god, my mom said, "kick ass", twice! Watch that mouth of yours, wait until the boys hear about this, ohhhh. :)

  2. You mean "The Brothers"? Opps, I'm busted!