I look upon fine phrases as a lover – John Keats

WritingRedux celebrates bright writing, enriching human exchange through fresh injections of original phrasing and overlooked gems. And if this helps flush plodding prose and general drivel out of the linguistic gene pool, so much the better.

It also shares the sensory pleasures of books and paper, pens and fonts, illustration and graphic design, together with the places and spaces that lend themselves to reading and writing.

Below is a taste of the delights that WritingRedux brings you – a reservoir of sparkling writing to draw on – please do sign up for regular, refreshing dips into word-treasures.

Look forward to seeing you here often.

I can’t live without Writing Redux any more! Congratulations! It is so amazing and unique and the only problem I have with it is that once I visit, I want to stay for the next 5 hours.  It is unlike anything I have ever seen. Surprising, fun, tasteful and boy, the combination of your take on texts and words and the material you share with us makes it simply addictive. Thank you so much!

Wellington Nogueira

Bringing you quotations gathered during decades of attentive reading.


Dive in to the latest sparkling quotations, metaphors, triologisms and words.

Highlighting some overlooked gems of metaphor and simile.

Lucky dip

Take a lucky dip in this refreshing pool of posts, randomly selected like literary Russian roulette (but safer and more fun). Or filter by category to enjoy specific themes.  

Pithy, evocative, three-legged phrases.


A reader suggested recording longer pieces, allowing busy people to tune in and making it easier to share quotes which seem daunting in a stretch of text. Listen in!

A selection of appealing or intriguing words.


Reviewing books that have delighted, edified or enchanted me, including lavish spreads of illustrated quotations and metaphors, word-mosaics for the mind.

Bringing you quotations gathered during decades of attentive reading.

A quote to note

Bringing to light sparkling, moving, entrancing quotations amassed over decades of slow-savoured reading, to refresh the mind and spirit, and invigorate flagging thought and flaccid prose.

Highlighting some overlooked gems of metaphor and simile.


Metaphors and similes are an imaginative galaxy which greater minds than mine have explored. That doesn’t stop me sharing a range of vigorous, beautiful ways to sharpen how we think, read, write and speak.

Pithy, evocative, three-legged phrases.


Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning. Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe. Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

A selection of appealing or intriguing words.

Put in a good word

Savour some of the words that sparkle, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including those in other languages. And adoring alliteration, new words are added on Wednesdays. Wednesday, word day.

A selection of fine poems and writing about poetry.

Poetry mojo

Poetry is a distillation of life painted or sculpted in words. It connects us to other people, places and times, stripping away surface difference to reveal what it is to be human, both the joy and the striving of it. My take on it. 

Celebrating fine fonts and typography.

Writing & writers

An eclection of insights into the nature of writing and being a writer. 

Keeping alive the joy and the art of letter writing.

You've got mail

Letters can bring other people, places and times to life with immediacy and feeling. Here we celebrate this ancient form of exchange. Send me a postcard, will you?

Getting to know printers and publishers.

Print & publish

Thoughts and experiences of those tactile, lasting, beautiful, timeless objects called ‘books’, including their ownership, production, sale, theft and loss.

A celebration of graphic design and illustration in books.

Judging by the cover

I admit it, I buy books for their covers as well as their content, and for the pictures inside. Look forward to sharing a delectation, old and new.

Bringing you quotations gathered during decades of attentive reading.


The founder of WritingRedux happens to be an author – see what else she has written including the award-winning global study of court fools and jesters, a sheaf of wondrous websites, and a few essays. 

Books chosen for being outstanding whether or not they are bestsellers.


WritingRedux was created to celebrate bright writing gleaned over decades of attentive reading. Meet its founder and find out what drives her to put in thousands of hours of love, labour and lucubration.

Other themes covered in occasional blog posts …

The best places to write and read - cafés, libraries, parks ...

Places & spaces

Libraries and bookshops, cafés and park benches, we occasionally share examples of these and other places that are a joy for readers and writers.

Celebrating one of the world's most tactile, fragile and yet enduring materials.

Paper shaper

The internet brings powerful tools, but paper is one of the world’s great materials: tactile and fragile yet enduring, capturing ideas, experience and emotion across centuries and continents.

The best pens and related things.

Think ink

Roving around pens and the ancient and allegedly dying art of hand-writing, with a view to penning a happy ending, a penaissance even. You heard it here.

Helping other neophyte bloggers learn faster and better.

Blogophyte bulletin

Writing is one thing, designing and setting up websites another. As a new-minted ‘blogophyte’ with bucketloads still to learn, this bulletin offers occasional thoughts on what has helped most.

writing – noun: 1) the activity or skill of writing; a sequence of letters, words, or symbols marked on a surface  2) the activity or occupation of composing text for publication; written work, especially with regard to its style or quality.

redux – adjective: brought back, revived, resurgent.

Source: Oxford Dictionary of English

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