Rosemarie Ostler

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Linguist and freelance writer Rosemarie Ostler loves exploring the rich record of American language use. Her latest book, Splendiferous Speech, tells the story of how early Americans created their own brand of English.


Rosemarie has also written language-related articles for magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, American History, Atlas Obscura, and Christian Science Monitor.


Rosemarie lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, historian Jeff Ostler, and a cat named Calvin.


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Rosemarie Ostler I think I have writer's reluctance more than writer's block -- it mostly hits me when I'm starting a first draft. Suddenly, checking my Twitter…moreI think I have writer's reluctance more than writer's block -- it mostly hits me when I'm starting a first draft. Suddenly, checking my Twitter account, email, etc. seems like much more fun than facing that blank page. I get going by setting myself a specific task, such as just writing an outline or just writing the opening paragraph. Once I get started, I'm usually good to go for a while.(less)
Rosemarie Ostler I think the biggest difference between published and unpublished writers is perseverance. That doesn't only mean pitching your work to lots of places.…moreI think the biggest difference between published and unpublished writers is perseverance. That doesn't only mean pitching your work to lots of places. Even more important is sticking to your writing, learning as much as you can, and paying attention to any advice that you're lucky enough to get from an editor, agent, or other pro. Writing is like any skill -- you can get better at it with practice. Keep at it and eventually you'll see your work in print.(less)
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