Monday, 21 May 2007

If you're strong on facts, pound the facts. If you don't have any, pound the lectern...

I have just written a post in which I discussed the call-a-spade-a-spade trend of modern medical practice (replacing "oncology" with "cancer care") and finished this this paraphrasing of a Larry Niven piece of advice for writers:

"If you have nothing to say, use whatever language you want to. If you have something to say, let nothing, nothing, stand in the way of saying it."

And then I stumbled upon this from the always entertaining and informative Denialism Blog. It's fantastic. With a word of caution for those who would forget that language can be beautiful as well as informative, it's a list that should be engraved upon the frontal cortices of writers everywhere.

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