English language friends: Why do we use the word “different” when it doesn’t appear to be necessary? [more inside]
Isaac Asimov (IIRC) wrote in a foreword or afterword to one of his books (a "Foundation" novel, perhaps) something about how space travel and galactic empires aren't possible due to the limitations imposed by the speed of light. But they're fun to write about. Can someone help me, please, with the full quote and its source?
In the very late 1970s or very early 1980s, Writer's Digest published an article titled, "How to Write Fast." It may have been by David A. Fryxell, who has a book of similar name (which interlibrary loan seems loath to produce). The article had five keywords for the steps in writing fast. Three of them were "preset," "stuff," and "buzz off." I've forgotten the other two and can't locate my old magazine. Any writers out there remember this?