Thursday, July 19, 2012
Writer's Tip Thursday
Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain
Did you know Samuel Langhorne Clemens took the name Mark Twain from his time as a river boat pilot? Back then a line - or a 'twain' as it was called - was used as a depth finder as part of the navigation process. They would drop the line and when they had 12' of clearance they would 'mark the twain' - meaning 'clear to go'.
As a river boat Captain, I'm glad my husband has much more modern methods of navigating the river.