Finds for Writers

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Each Friday, the Practicing Writing blog shares writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

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  1. Ronald Wetherington says:

    Thanks so much for reprinting the Alter and Harris NYT article. They illustrate so well how angst can lead to misdirection in the confusion of fiction with non-fiction. For example, Hanna Gomez makes an absurd comparison in justifying altering offensive language in fiction when she claims, “I think it’s a good practice, the same way you update textbooks.”
    Since I’ve published both textbooks and fiction, I think I can rightly claim that the two genres are as comparable as a scientific journal is to a literary journal: not at all! Here is where pecuniary interests often trump poetic sensibilities.
    Furthermore, changing a book’s title (re: Agatha Christie) in no way changes its content or meaning in the same way as removing words and descriptions.
    Finally, removing blatantly racist language and removing words like “lame” and “dumb” are so incomparable that editorial motivation itself comes under question!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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