My mission is simple and straightforward.

It is this:

  1. To share the knowledge I have gained from a lifetime of writing and editing.
  2. To use that knowledge to help all working writers, be they novices or veterans.

I’ve chosen to call myself “hyphenman” because grammar and all the other related rules of English are the foundation of writing. In the articles you will find on this blog, I will emphasize that foundation again and again.

Some writers are ignorant of the rules. Others are resistant to them. No matter where you stand, I will do my best to convince you of their importance.

But grammar is only the starting point for serious writing. Equally important – and often overlooked – is the role that thinking plays. I will use every possible means, short of nagging you and figuratively rapping your knuckles, to get you to think before you write, while you write, and after you write.

As serious as the business of writing is, however, it also ought to be fun. Most of us do it on spec, donating hours, days and years of our lives on the distant hope that someday … someone … somewhere … will actually pay us for it. So if it isn’t fun, what’s the point?

I, therefore, have a duty and an obligation to entertain you. I intend to make you laugh. Repeatedly. But I also intend to make you angry. And to provoke you and to stimulate you. But most of all, to make you question, reconsider, and think.

I would be remiss if I didn’t. Because that is the power of words and the beauty of language.

Ain’t nuthin’ like it.

And that, too, is part of my mission: To produce a blog about writing and editing that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

You alone will be the judge of how well I succeed.