Writers Tricks of the Trade VOLUME 8, ISSUE 4 - Page 18

Thought leader . “Thoughts aren’t ranked or scored. How can someone hold a thought-lead, much less even lead by thought?” Importantly . “Totally unnecessary when ‘important’ is sufficient.” Accoutrements . “Hard to spell, not specific and anachronistic when ‘accesso- ries’ will do.” Most important election of our time . “Not that we haven’t had six or seven back-to-back most important elec- tions of our time.” M AYBE IT IS TIME TO PUT SOME OF THESE OVERWORKED WORDS AND PHRASES TO REST . W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE P AGE 13 W INTER 2019