• Michael Braccia

Braccia Banter - August 2019

What do writers think about?

Start a sentence – usually with a word – then follow the first word with another, then another. Usually works. Non-writers don’t realise what a complicated process this is. Sometimes there’s a temptation to say something witty, like the last time I did on 28th September 2015. To be fair, and remember how fair I am being, I will give credit to the i newspaper for this quote from Greg Norman, the Australian golfer: “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father”.

While I’m on a roll, Alan Minter, former boxer, once said “sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing – but none of them serious”.

So, what DO writers think about? Adrian Magson, in the August edition of Writing Magazine, said that his neighbour thought he had gone very quiet lately “having lofty thoughts of the deep and meaningful kind”. It was her way of saying she hadn’t seen much of him lately.

I think about writing. I think about writing when I’m writing and think about writing when I’m not writing. That’s four mentions in the last sentence alone. I rest my case.

Postscript - just in case you didn’t read ‘Braccia Banter’ from 2015 (I know that’s unlikely) - way back in 1706, someone created a palindrome.

Lewd did I live.

This converts to Evil I did Dwel.

Just apply ‘(sic)’ to ‘Dwel’ for all those pedants out there.

Michael Braccia


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