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Dear Geist, Why does our boss at the restaurant tell us wait staff never to say “No problem” to customers? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is there any way to prepare my mum for the surprises she is bound to find in the memoir I’m writing? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, What are the differences between a writing question, conundrum, dispute, dilemma, quandary and pickle, all listed at the top of Advice for the Lit-Lorn at geist.com? Read more

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Dear Geist, Can you possibly tell me immediately, or sooner, the difference if any between luxurious and luxuriant? Read more

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Dear Geist, Am I the only writer who revises by adding stuff to my novel rather than going after the text with a machete? Read more

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Dear Geist, When someone writes and sends a letter, who has copyright—the letter writer, or the person it was written and sent to? Read more

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Dear Geist, Can you tell me where the expression “It’s not my pigeon” comes from? I overheard someone say it recently, and it brought back my childhood half a century ago. Read more

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Dear Geist, Why do you always write “such as” instead of the easier, quicker and more down-to-earth “like,” in a phrase with one or more examples? Read more

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Dear Geist, Does my novel have to be 75,000 words long to get accepted by a publisher or agent? Read more

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Dear Geist, When did people stop saying and writing “I’m so excited about your award!” and start saying “I’m so excited for your award!”? Read more

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Can you give a high-energy prose writer (me!) some idea of what publishers and agents are looking for in signing up new novels? What’s selling? Read more

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Dear Geist, Is the bullet journal an assist for writers, or just another labyrinth in the writing life? Read more

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Dear Geist, Do you have any guidelines for making the meaning of a novel or short story more prominent? Read more

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Dear Geist, How do I go about publishing a short text—really a coda to a published book—that I edited some time ago? Read more

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Dear Geist, Are the expressions dull as dishwater and dull as ditchwater related? Read more

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Dear Geist, Wait—a month of writing, with support, perks, prizes, meetups—is NaNoWriMo for real? Read more

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Dear Geist, What is the difference, if any, between jealousy and envy? Read more

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Dear Geist, Any pointers on starting up a new column for writers? Read more

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Dear Geist, Which of these three sentences, if any, are grammatically okay? (1) I would have loved to go. (2) I would love to have gone. (3) I would have loved to have gone. Read more

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Dear Geist, Did I really hear someone utter this sentence at a conference? “We want to data this for a few more weeks.” Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

Why does our boss at the restaurant tell us wait staff never to say “No problem” to customers? 

 
—Wait staff at an otherwise great eatery
 

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