As Books Editors, we set aside more designated reading time than most people do. Still, even we are daunted by copies of The Goldfinch looming on our desks.
Acquiesce Submit or comply silently or without protest. Ailurophile A cat-lover. Ameliorate To make or become better, more bearable, or more
They can be eccentric, slow afoot, even grouchy. But dogs live out their final days, says The Washington Post's Gene Weingarten, with a humility and grace we all could learn from.
Girl, I'm tired of playing around. I'm ready for that real deal romance. Flowers and butterflies and fireworks. Baby, I want to make love to you l...
I know you don't watch me walk away. I know you don't press your forehead against the double glass to keep me in your sight. There is no straining for that one last look, no time suspen...
Always opt for simple language over the complex—unless you're dealing with one of these arcane words. Think you could work one into your copy?
You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings.
Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file your masterpiece, only to find your editor thinks it's two dozen "tinks" shy of publishable.
Tennessee Williams, F Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cheever, Carver, Berryman … in an extract from The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing attempts to answer the question