‘50 Shades’ author to publish new writing guide

An odd move because many critics have blasted the quality of E.L. James’s prose. Plus, writers lament the loss of Google Reader; William Zinsser remains a consummate professional, the benefits of music and writing, and more.

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Whether or not the world needs it, a new writing guide is scheduled to hit bookstores this spring, and the book’s author may come as a surprise to some.

Meanwhile, bloggers grapple with Google shuttering its RSS service; William Zinsser (author of “On Writing Well”) publishes an essay, the benefits of listening to music while writing, and more.

A new writing guide: It comes from E.L. James, author of the “50 Shades of Grey” series. Critics and others in literary circles might double check to see if this article is satire (it’s not) since the popular books became almost as known for their poorly written prose as for their steamy narratives. The bigger issue is: Do we really need another writing guide? Authors more talented than James have written about sentence structure, rules of style, and the finer points of the writing craft. On the other hand, James no doubt has a following, and there has to be an aspiring writer or two among them who is eager to see how she does it. The book is available May 1.

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