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FOY-bel (‘oy’ as in ‘soy’)



  1. a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character
  2. (fencing) the part of a sword blade from the middle to the point

‘She learned about the foibles of her aunts.’



  1. weakness, failing, shortcoming, flaw, quirk kink, idiosyncracy, eccentricity


  1. strength


foibles, feeble, etc


I’ve started following some writing advice Jaclyn Moriarty gave in this interview. It’s a variation on the usual ‘keep a journal’ advice. Basically, Moriarty says that every day she tries to write

‘…not just a description of what happened that day, but a few lines about the details of one incident, or one conversation, or a description of one person. Or I try to get underneath one emotion that I had, try to explore it. And I found that much more helpful than just keeping a regular diary. If you talk about people you’ve seen, then it helps with character descriptions.’

The quote’s shortened a little, but you get the idea.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like excellent advice to me. A good way to refine the skills you have and develop new ones. Plus, the habit of writing frequently and regularly is useful when you want to undertake a project.

So, I’m going to attempt to write a little each day like Moriarty described, and maybe I’ll post some of the better ones.

Good luck with your own writing, and have a great day!




I love that quote! I'll make sure to incorporate that from now on

4th Jul, 19

Glad to be of service!

4th Jul, 19