Kewl is Not Cool

Check out this delightfully spirited rant by Mudra Mehta about the language habits of the people around her. I’m sure her contemporaries—the child is 19—find her demanding, but I don’t think she is demanding enough. She tolerates ellipses, doesn’t mind sloppy English in “IM/SMS” and writes “accord it the respect it deserves” instead of “give it the respect it deserves”. But minor quibbles aside, her points are all good, and I like the feisty tone.

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VS Naipaul’s Advice To Writers
Eight Rules For Writing Fiction—Kurt Vonnegut
Elmore Leonard’s Advice For Writers