Monday, August 17, 2009

Writing tips

Freewrite - you will feel better

index cards


write targets for the calendar

write achievements of the day, month, year, MA - stick it up

write in different coloured pens

use fancy highlighters

do some filing


skim reading

read your own material

**how to write books**

Elbow how to write book

reading lists, bibliography

a decent word, a decent sentence, a decent paragraph

write lists, tidy space, tidy files, tidy room

incense, aromatherapy

an exciting and original new line

things from every angle in a wide context

Antedating the Oxford English Dictionary's entry for senile dementia - a copy of the email I sent

Thank you so much for your incredible help when we spoke on thetelephone earlier. Since we first spoke I have subscribed to the OxfordEnglish Dictionary, which is a marvellous support.As I mentioned to you, I think I have found an earlier reference to the pathological definition of senile dementia to the one in the OED.

The OED states "1851 R DunglisonDict Med Sci (ed 8) Senile Dementia, Insanity of the Aged,"

The reference I have found is James Cowles Prichard Treatise on Insanity(London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper 1835)

"Senile dementia or the decay of the mental faculties is not the lot ofold persons universally, though it is a condition to which old age maybe said to have tendency, and to which in the last stage of bodily decaysome approximations are generally to be perceived". p92

If you could acknowledge receipt I would be most grateful.