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Useful talk today in the writing workshop I’m leading this week at Meredith College–useful for me, as it happens. We were talking about writing dialogue, and the vocabulary and sentence construction that makes a person sound authoritative or timid.

I said I use “I think…” too much before making my pronouncements while giving feedback on people’s work. What I’m trying to do is not be bossy, which my younger brothers have observed I’m capable of. But I overdo the soft-pedaling. One of the writers in the group said she doesn’t need all that I-think kind of preamble.

What a relief to hear someone say that. Now I feel free to be as bossy and commanding/assertive as I want to, since others do know without my telling them that they are free write any way they want.

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