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Basics of Reviewing, Part 2: Restaurants

Basics of Reviewing, Part 2: Restaurants

Are you a “foodie”—someone with a passion for kitchens and cuisine? Could your passion sustain you through writing reviews of restaurants? Would writing diminish or enhance your love affair with food? If you’re inclined to answer “enhance,” read on.

The Basics of Reviewing. Part One

The Basics of Reviewing. Part One

A substantial niche of the publishing industry known as “enthusiast” titles, automotive magazines are excellent sources for learning how to write concise, comprehensive, and entertaining reviews. Every month, Road and Track and Car and Driver run multiple reviews of new cars—each piece describing the vehicle’s concept, place in the overall market, fit, finish, features, handling, price, and value.

Technologies Assisting the Blind to Read

Technologies Assisting the Blind to Read

Back in the 20th century, I used to record myself reading chapters of a fellow college student’s textbooks, as he was blind. At the time, unless someone was sitting with him reading the textbook out loud, his only option to hear the text was to listen to a tape. Sure, Braille was also an option, though I’m guessing most of his textbooks may not have been available in Braille.

You Don’t Have to Be a Virtuoso

You Don’t Have to Be a Virtuoso

Received wisdom has it that successful writers are gifted geniuses, rare specimens endowed with rare talents.  An hour spent in any library or bookstore will prove how wrong this is. You don’t have to be a virtuoso to enjoy a rewarding career as a writer. You don’t even have to be a very good writer to succeed. You simply have to be competent and consistent. 

Quirky Characters and Characters with Quirks

Quirky Characters and Characters with Quirks

Historical upheavals and gut-wrenching personal conflicts aren’t the only kinds that keep readers turning the pages. Almost as important are small-scale conflicts— for example, political differences between friends or lifestyle differences between relatives.