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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument_broken::ui_name() should be compatible with views_handler::ui_name($short = false) in /home/writezil/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 770.

An Index of 2017 Author Guest Posts

Posts with the most: Karen Shepard, Louise Marburg, Geeta KothariLast year, for the sixth straight year, we invited every author of a book entered for The Story Prize to contribute a guest post to this blog. Forty-seven of them chose to participate. Since 2010, the TSP blog has featured 499 guest posts from 482 different writers (some have contributed in more than one year).According to Blogger's statistics, most 2017 author guest posts received 400 or more page views. The most popular post, "Karen Shepard: How to Make Intermittent and Erratic Progress as a Writer, in Twenty-Eight Easy Steps," has so far drawn more than 4,500 page views—the sixth most of any TSP blog post. "Antonya Nelson's Ten Writing Rules," the post with the most all-time views, currently has more than 14,000 of them.The 2017 author contributions with the second and third most hits were "Louise Marburg Offers Ten Pieces of Writing Advice," with nearly 1,200 page views, and "Geeta Kothari Takes Her Time," with more than 1,000 page views to date.The two posts with the largest Facebook reach were "Edie Meidav Urges You to Fail" and "Describe Your Reading Habits: An Interview with Deb Olin Unferth."Many of these offer insights into the writing process or practical advice, serving as mini craft talks. Others get more personal. And several are simply very funny. Here then is this year's complete index, in alphabetical order by last name.A-CFrederick Luis Aldama and the Active Transformation of CultureHenry Alley Finds Inspiration in His ArchivesJacob M. Appel on Being a Good Literary CitizenJosh Barkan Starts with OdditiesEmily Bieniek's New Year’s Resolution: To Devalue the Hero’s JourneyJennifer Caloyeras Reluctantly Joins the Family BusinessOlivia Clare on AccountabilityLee Conell on Spotting the Extraordinary Among the OrdinaryD-KRob Davidson Finds Inspiration in ImagesWhat Cynthia Flood Has LearnedTim Gautreaux's Ten Pieces of Writing AdviceTerry Griggs on the Little and the LargeDaisy Johnson Plows AheadJeffrey N. Johnson Builds on His TrainingSiel Ju and the Suitable State of MindMichael Knight on a Literary TouchstoneGeeta Kothari Takes Her TimeL-OMatthew Lansburgh Finds Time to Feed His SoulPeter LaSalle: The Short Story vs. the NovelBecky Mandelbaum's Four Simple Pieces of AdviceLouise Marburg Offers Ten Pieces of Writing AdviceThe Drawings on Juan Martinez's Office DoorEdie Meidav Urges You to FailTimothy O'Leary Weaves Fact Into FictionAdam O'Riordan and the Impulse to Write ProseOrlando Ortega-Medina Taps Into His SubconsciousP-SKL Pereira on Lost and Missing MothersMatthew Pitt on Making a Memorable ImpressionZach Powers' Thoughts on (In)visible ProseBill Roorbach's Freaky FridaysMichelle Ross Asks: Is a Story Ever Finished?David Rutschman on Moving Between Distance and IntimacySofia Samatar’s Ten Favorite "Quotes" About WritingScott Loring Sanders Pulls Flotsam from the EtherJoseph Scapellato and the Story’s IntentionJohn Shea Gets StartedKaren Shepard: How to Make Intermittent and Erratic Progress as a Writer, in Twenty-Eight Easy StepsCaitlin Hamilton Summie's Office with No DoorT-YSusan Tepper Keeps At ItDouglas Trevor on Toni Morrison and Subjective HistoriesDescribe Your Reading Habits: An Interview with Deb Olin UnferthSamrat Upadhyay: Doctor or Engineer? Neither!Lee Upton on Obsession, Denial, and No-Guilt NapsAnthony Varallo's First StoryKatherine Vaz on Taking Notes and Making Box ArtTim Weed and the Ecstasy of InfluenceJosh Weil and the Scent of SagebrushPast indexes of guest posts:20162015201420132012

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Blaise Pascal

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In some languages, as in English and French, the modern freezing of spelling has removed the writing more and more from pronunciation and has resulted in the need to teach spelling and the growth of fallacies like the "silent" letter (a letter is really either the symbol of a sound or it is unnecessary).