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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #320

Updated on August 3, 2020

So, I’m Watching the Weather the Other Night

I’ve got this sort of love affair with meteorology and weather forecasting. I’ve just always found it interesting, how all of those elements i.e. wind, jet stream, humidity, air pressure, work in harmony and create the weather we see daily.

It also amazes me how accurate the meteorologists can be with the help of computer models. A couple weeks ago our local weather person ( a shout out to Shannon on KOMO TV) said it would start raining at 8:11 p.m., and by God it started raining at 8:11 p.m. I felt like standing up and applauding for her.

There is, of course, no magic to it at all. The equator is the engine that starts it all, and the jet stream is the steering wheel, sending systems in particular directions, each system interacting with the atmosphere and causing the rain, the sleet, the snow, and the glorious sunny days. Cause and effect at its finest, as easy to predict as the actions of some humans.

Treat people with love and respect, and love and respect will be visited down upon you. Treat people with scorn and derision, and disrespect will arrive at your doorstep.

Just random thoughts on this Monday. Let’s see what the mail has for us today.

Welcome to the Mail Room!
Welcome to the Mail Room!

Rhythm and Flow

From Danny: “I read articles about writing, and quite a few mention rhythm and flow. I don’t understand that concept or how to achieve it. Any help would be appreciated.”

Cool question, Danny! Yes, I can help with that.

Read this passage and then we’ll dissect it:

“She went to the shop. She bought ingredients. She prepared Beef Rendang. She let it simmer for 5 hours. The house filled with exotic smells. She cooked rice. She waited for her husband. They ate a delicious dinner. She thought life was good.”

What did you notice? You should have noticed that almost every sentence is the same length. You should have noticed that the paragraph reads like a machine gun firing at the enemy, short, choppy sounds spitting forth.

That’s rhythm in writing! It’s not particularly good rhythm, but it’s rhythm nonetheless.

Now read this passage, from the Grapes of Wrath:

“TO THE RED COUNTRY and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. The plows crossed and recrossed the rivulet marks. The last rains lifted the corn quickly and scattered weed colonies and grass along the sides of the roads so that the gray country and the dark red country began to disappear under a green cover. In the last part of May the sky grew pale and the clouds that had hung in high puffs for so long in the spring were dissipated. The sun flared down on the growing corn day after day until a line of brown spread along the edge of each green bayonet. The clouds appeared, and went away, and in a while they did not try any more. The weeds grew darker green to protect themselves, and they did not spread any more. The surface of the earth crusted, a thin hard crust, and as the sky became pale, so the earth became pale, pink in the red country and white in the gray country.”

What did you notice about the rhythm of that paragraph? It’s almost somber in mood. It reads slower, like it is weighted down with weariness from the hot sun. It flows, but in a grudging way.

That’s rhythm in writing!

Punctuation, length of words, length of sentences, these things affect the flow of a written piece. Generally speaking, the use of short words quickens the pace of a paragraph; the use of long words slows the pace. The same is true of paragraphs.

When I work with students, I ask them to read a paragraph of their work out loud. What do they hear? Sometimes they can see it simply by looking at their piece. I have had students who wrote sentences all of the same length, and paragraphs all with three sentences in each. You can literally see that when you look at the manuscript, and if you can see it you can hear it.

That’s rhythm in writing! It’s important and you should pay close attention to it. It is a talent/skill which separates an excellent writer from the good writers.

The flow of your writing, hopefully, is like this tranquil river....toss in some rapids and you've got it.
The flow of your writing, hopefully, is like this tranquil river....toss in some rapids and you've got it.

Nuance in Writing

From Jennifer: “What is nuance in writing, and how do you achieve it?”

What a great question, Jennifer! I love questions like this one.

Webster’s defines nuance as a subtle difference or distinction in expression. Let me give you an example to show what this means.

Instead of saying someone was unhappy, try expressing the unhappiness like this:

“He walked into the room with heavy feet, slumped in the chair, and sighed.”

That’s nuance in writing.

To put it another way, nuance is showing rather than telling.

I hope that helps!

Any Dreams Remaining?

From Sheila: “Bill, do you still have great dreams regarding your writing career? I started out thinking I would write brilliant novels which would appeal to thousands; now my goals are considerably less-lofty.”

I’m with you, Sheila, and I get it.

No, I really don’t have any lofty goals. My dreams of being a best-selling novelist are gone, and I don’t mean that to sound depressing. I’m not depressed about my writing career at all. I still gain great satisfaction in writing a novel. I am very pleased with the growth I have shown over the years, and I have a loyal group of followers who love my works. That’s enough for me! Perhaps, if I was younger, I would still chase the Pulitzer Prize, but it’s just not in me these days. Now I write for pleasure and I’m fine with the reduced goals and faded dreams.

There is so much nuance in this photo of my lovely wife.
There is so much nuance in this photo of my lovely wife.

The Days Grow Shorter

You can feel it in August; at least you can in the Pacific Northwest. We will have hot days, but the heat doesn’t stay around as long into the evening. The sun is lower in the sky, and it doesn’t stay with us as long into the evening, so the heat does not have a chance to cling to us as long each day. There is a coolness in the evenings that was missing in July. The mornings are a bit crisper.

Nature doing its thing! Blame it on the equator, or blame it on the jet stream, or just kick back and enjoy the hell out of this thing we call life.

Treat people with love and respect, and the glow you receive will last long into the night. It seems like such a simple thing to do, you know? And yet we see just the opposite, in all directions, as we gaze out at the world.

I surely do hope we all learn to get along with each other sooner rather than later.

Have a great day! Stay safe, stay healthy, and be happy.

And do all things with love!

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, our weather in the Pacific Northwest has often been compared to the UK. Evidently we are quite similar, all that ocean influence and influencing winds make things very interesting here.

      Anyway, I hope this finds you well. Happy Wednesday to you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Your comment about the weather got me smiling. I'm English, and over there the thing changes so fast we used to have a not so complimentary name for the weatherman!

      I don't know if you ever came across a character in a play who just couldn't tell the truth, his name was Billy Liar! That was the nickname.

      Having said that, I know of places in the UK where you get all four seasons in an afternoon!

      I also remember one time a huge hurricane was brewing in the Atlantic, it was heading for Britain. Every ameteur meteorologist was saying it was going to hit that weekend, the orofessionals said it wasn't!!

      That weekend the devastation was unreal. Oak trees may be strong,but they're not very flexible!! 16 million were uprooted!

      I like the way you demonstrated nuance.

      Have a great week.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MizB! I didn't make it to the library this past weekend, but I will soon.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      11 months ago from Beautiful South

      Back in the '60s and '70s some of my male friends also liked Frank Yerby. One man said that he liked Yerby, but he thought the author put his main character through too much misery before the character found success or happiness. I kind of agreed with him, but that didn't stop me from reading his books. You can check him out on Amazon, but his print books can be pricey. Check out his antebellum fiction and he had some set in India and Africa. Many people like his The Dahomean more than they did Roots. I really enjoyed The Saracen Blade.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is pretty amazing what they predict, Linda. Of course, they have computers helping them but still, they can hit it within a minute or two.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, the Grapes of Wrath is still depressing, but it's pretty good writing.

      I have not heard of Frank Yerby. How did I miss him during my seventy-one years. Now I am on a quest, thanks to you. Library here I come!

      Enjoy that cool weather! Before we know it we'll be talking about Halloween.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some good advice in this article, Bill. The weather forecaster's prediction was amazingly accurate.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      11 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, l love your random thoughts in this mailbag. I nearly missed it because I haven't been receiving notifications. Then I discovered they were all going to Spam. Fickle google, fickle! Your answers to the questions were great, too. For some reason, I never did like the Grapes of Wrath. I was young when I read it, and it was too depressing. Back then, Frank Yerby was more my reading style. Remember him, the black male author who wrote more in the style of a talented white female fiction writer?

      Yes, the weather is cooling a little. Usually we have a cool snap for a week in August in the South, and then it's back to dog days. We've had some nice 85s this week, but no hope it will stay that way.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the questions, Lora. I was just about to finish up the Mailbag this Friday morning, but I can squeeze your questions in. I appreciate you, my friend. Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      What wonderful content, Bill. How important rhythm and nuance are in writing and the examples you give so clearly show this. There is such a parallel between music and writing. A piece of music is much more interesting if the composer varies the rhythmical variation among the notes. I agree with you on writing for the sheer enjoyment of it and seeing growth in your writing as great reasons to write. And you do have a following! You can see how many fans you have just by looking at your articles on HP.

      Now for my question. Do you think that excellent writers show a vulnerability in their characters that really makes for much more interesting characters that is often overlooked by writers who aren't as skilled? And what characters would you say in your stories show a vulnerability?

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's all most of us writers have, Dora. I think they are worthy goals and definitely attainable.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, especially for demonstrating rhythm in writing. I also identify with your answer on dreams. Personal growth and satisfaction are among the best of goals.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks William! We never know which direction we are heading on any given day. Love the mystery of life.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, that is great news. I'm very happy for you and your family.

      Cross fingers that we all stay safe.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's sweet of you to say, Liz. That would be a great dream and outcome for sure. In the meantime, I'll just keep writing for those who enjoy my stuff, and be happy with that outcome.

      Stay safe and have a great Wednesday!

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      i need to get into the garden, Ann, and do some weeding, my very least favorite thing to do in gardening. Sigh! I wonder if I can find some excuse for not doing it today??? LOL

      bill

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      William Kovacic 

      11 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      What a great mailbag, Bill. Slightly different direction this week. Enjoyed it much.

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      Denise McGill 

      11 months ago from Fresno CA

      I feel the love! Thanks for the definition of nuance and flow and rhythm. I really got a lot out of it. It's going to be a good week. I just got the news that my sister and family are not sick with COVID and so the scare and serious praying is relieved. I feel the pain of those who have had to go through it. You stay safe, my friend.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      Your discussion about rhythm, flow and nuance takes me back to my English studies of many years ago.

      I wonder if, when you reach a place where you can let your dreams go, that that's when you might be taken by surprise and suddenly find that one of your books makes the best seller list. I certainly hope that this happens to you, Bill. In the meantime I hope you have a good week and stay well.

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      I used to play badminton all winter and tennis all summer, with my cousins. I loved both games but tennis is my favourite.

      I know what you mean by horseshoes but I've never played it; I have played quoits though, which I presume is similar.

      My Tuesday has been fun, thank you - mostly in the garden which I always enjoy.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You can keep that Hades weather there, Sha. I want nothing to do with it, thank you very much.

      As for the weather here, I actually think being a meteorologist in Olympia would be a great gig. Nobody ever expects them to be correct. lol The perfect job for the perpetually inept.

      Stay safe, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are right about that, Chitrangada Sharan: once a teacher, always a teacher. I can't shut it off.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect weather in my opinion, Heidi. The older I get the more I dislike hot weather. Why oldsters retire in Arizona is beyond me. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Mary, about our weather. It has often been compared to the UK. Totally unpredictable, coolish most times, and a whole lot of grey. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Alyssa. I have no doubt you have instilled those things in your son. I would expect nothing less from you.

      Happy Tuesday my friend! Stay cool and safe.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is super good, Ann, and priceless.

      I haven't played badminton in years, and I actually love playing that game. I'm afraid our dogs would prevent Bev and I from having a game in the backyard, but you've given me something to think about.

      The other thing I miss playing is horseshoes. Not sure if I could still toss a shoe that far, but it would be fun to find out, eh?

      Have a delicious Tuesday, my friend, and thanks for the visit.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's interesting, Flourish. How so? I know it's true in my case, but I'm wondering what your answer would be.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! I hope you guys find some relief from that heat sooner rather than later. At least that we can count on happening. :) Be safe, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's a fascinating question, Rochelle, and it's a first. Thanks for that. I'll give you my thoughts on it next Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      They are available, Mary, and I'm always here if you need help or advice. Email me and pick my brain.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      11 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, the meteorologists in your area must either have gone to a different school than ours out here, or they have Native America blood in them and "just know". I've often said I should have been a meteorologist because they get paid big bucks for being wrong most of the time! LOL

      Great questions in this week's mailbag, Bill. I enjoyed your responses to the rhythm and flow and nuance questions. Flow is just as integral to a well-written piece as is rhythm. Flow keeps the reader turning pages, rather than looking for a stopping point. Flow helps the reader get lost in the world the author has created. Flow is the lifeblood of many, if not most, genres of the written word.

      Enjoy your cooling temps, my friend. It's still hot as Hades in my neck of the woods!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello Bill!

      Your explanation of the question by Danny, with examples, is admirable.

      Once a teacher, always a teacher. Appreciate you for the other answers too.

      Thanks for sharing another interesting and engaging mailbag.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      11 months ago from Chicago Area

      Monday, Monday... as the song goes. And here we are again in the Mailbag.

      Great, practical explanations of more complex writing concepts today.

      It's blissfully cool and cloudy today. We barely made 70 degrees. Hope all of August is like this. But then we'll probably have 80s on Halloween. Because Chicago.

      Have a wonderful week!

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      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Your explanations on rhythm and flow (and nuances) were helpful.

      Regarding weather, I imagine forecasting for the Pacific Northwest is similar to that of the UK. Although you think it should be straight forward, there will be some pesky low pressure system that 'throws a spanner into the works'.

      Your meteorologist deserves your round of applause, that is impressive.

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      Alyssa 

      11 months ago from Ohio

      Yes, yes, yes! What you put out into the world, you get back. I've always believed this and it's something I've instilled in my son.

      Another great mailbag! I appreciate your notes on rhythm and nuance this week -- a lot of food for thought. :) Thank you, Bill!

      I hope you have a wonderful week!

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      Rhythm and nuance are wonderful things! I think those come if you have a passion for your subject and just let it flow. I know my best writing is when it comes from the heart.

      I had a wonderful afternoon with two of my granddaughters and their nearly-two brother. I played badminton and volley-ball for the first time in years! Yes, it was with plastic racquets, posts and net and also with a smallish ball - all on the local green. We had a laugh and it was priceless. Little one has a thing about stones at the moment - and we all had to smell them! That all had rhythm and nuance and I came home full of love and happiness. How good is that?!

      Monday means mirth! Have a good one, bill.

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      I have found that the rhythm of my writing has changed as I’ve aged.

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Your examples of rhythm and flow, and also nuance in writing were excellent. Enjoy your cooler evenings. We are still in the dog days of summer down here and have to wait another month or longer to get some relief.

      Your wish of people learning to get along with one another, sooner rather than later, is echoed by many. Keep spreading your words of love and wisdom. Be happy, safe, and well!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      11 months ago from California Gold Country

      I think good rhythm , flow and nuance are vital elements in good poetry. Which prompts a question: is there a dividing line between prose and poetry? The Steinbeck excerpt could be considered a poem, I think. Thanks for continuing to share your insight.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We are lucky, Rajan, and I am grateful I don't live in India. Nothing against India, but the weather is just too hot there for me.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. It's easy to treat people like you with love and respect; it's the others I have to work at it. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill the fact that you spend that much time on it means you take writing seriously. I believe it is crucial in making a successful article or story. Well done, you!

      Stay cool and safe!

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      Mary Norton 

      11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for making me understand the rhythm in writing. How to get it right is another matter I have to learn. There are so many things to learn to be a good writer, but today, the resources are there.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! I've known you a few years, and always seen you to be respectful and helpful. That's a start, right? Now we have to work on the other seven billion.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is the same here, Devika, the southern winds providing natural air-conditioning, and I am so grateful for it.

      Thank you always, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great question, Eric! That one is going to give me pause as I kick my brain into gear. I've have something for ya next Monday. Until then, kick butt and take names, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Misty this morning, Linda, and I stood out in it, arms spread wide, and loved every small droplet. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I didn't realize it got that warm in Toronto. I'm just not a hot weather person. I melt and stop all activity when the temp hits the high 80's It's just the way I'm wired as I grow older.

      My expectations are diminishing rapidly as my age increases. I have expectations of my behavior. I can be kinder to people, more giving, more accepting and understanding. Working on those things is almost a full-time job for this man.

      Peace, my friend, and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosina! I hope your week is a great one as well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for the simple explanation of rhythm, flow and nuances in writing, Bill. We are into August the worst month as far as humidity goes. You are lucky the weather has started cooling down.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      There is a wealth of good information in this article, Bill. I like the explanations you used for rhythm and nuance. I agree that with your writing about treating people with love and respect.

      Have a very good week!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      11 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I love the question and answer about rhythm and flow. It's probably the one thing that consistently keeps me from hitting the publish button on a new hub. I find myself reading the hub over and over again trying to get the right rhythm. As your example shows, it makes a huge difference.

      Summer is hanging on here, 90 again today with the remnants of Isaias arriving tomorrow. Have a great week.

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Very good questions about rhythm and flow and nuance in writing. “Treat people with love and respect”, I have to echo those sentiments. I hope it spreads like a virus that shall remain nameless. Good mailbag this week, Bill. Have a great week.

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Bill here too in Croatia days are getting shorter and warmer in the day. Has been rather warmer than usual but the southern winds blow in the day making it lighter with heat. Thank you for another interesting hub. Writers need information and you always do the best to inform us.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nuance and rhythm and flow -- are you kidding me? Two slow pitches to knock out of the park and of course you did just that. I have a "hopper" where those writings that do not meet those marks get tossed, perhaps to be revisited but not published.

      In my "sermons" they often lack proper flow but the nuance ties them together with what I call theme. Eclectic? Without a doubt.

      Through years of knowing you. Shucks over 8. I know you also write technical sales type stuff/ or some such for clients.

      Does one type of writing influence the other?

      I am writing a legal document with a real tough timeline from the criminal action to the autopsy. I keep telling myself it will make me a more disciplined writer. Am I fooling myself?

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, not many questions this week, but boy the ones you answered were great. Your followers are moving up to graduate level. Rhythm and flow. Nuance. Thank you for a great start to the week. Enjoy the cool mornings.

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      Mr. Happy 

      11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "When I work with students, I ask them to read a paragraph of their work out loud." - I think this is key. I always read whatever I write and I want to post to the public, out loud a few times at least. I want to hear what those who read my writing will hear in their mind, as they read.

      I want specific sounds, in specific order, appearing in the reader's mind. The flow creates the tone and thus, the words and punctuation which create the flow, are very important. Every word and punctuation sign has to be chosen carefully. After-all, we do have many, many words and punctuation signs as choices. What we chose to create, is up to us.

      "Nuance in Writing" - I do not think I pay much attention to this. It might be because I wish to be very straight-forward. So, if it's a sad story, I just say: "it's a sad story". Haha!! On the other hand, if I am describing a scene, I would describe someone's posture, which in turn might say something about a person's feeling, mood, health, etc.but I will not do it with an ulterior motive in mind.

      "My dreams of being a best-selling novelist are gone, and I don’t mean that to sound depressing." - Now, this also has to do with the pandemic we are living through.

      I fully wrote this year off. So, I said to myself: if I make it out alive from 2020, that's a bonus! If I have no expectations, I cannot be disappointed ("The man who sleeps on the floor cannot fall off the bed."). I just wake-up every morning, happy that I lived to see another Sun-rise. I do my best with what I have and go on. Ca c'est tout, as the French would say ("that's all").

      "The Days Grow Shorter" - Nooooo!!! lol Don't talk about it. I don't want to hear it lol I am not ready!!!

      Haha!! I was up north for the past week. North enough that up there the weather is two weeks ahead to Toronto. So, I saw people getting ready for the Fall ... I'm shaking my head ... not ready for autumn and another hibernation. I feel like I have barely got out from my previous hibernation. Sigh ... I'm gonna be camping all through the Fall to make-up for the lost time, haha!!

      The good thing is: I can sit with my balcony door open and not melt-away. The air-conditioning was off last night for the first time in weeks. This I appreciate.

      Alrighty, You have yourself a good one - stay safe and all the very best!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      11 months ago

      Nice to know about flow and rhythm and nuance in writing. I am happy to say that I love your mailbag every week. Have a great week, Bill.

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