Rich Lowry, writer and magazine editor, gave a talk recently about "writing to be read". Some thoughts, digested from excellent notes taken by a colleague:
- Writing is hard!
- Everyone is insecure about his or her writing.
- Deadlines are your friend: they force you to finish a project so you can move on.
- Getting started is the hardest step. Once you have the first paragraph, though, you essentially have the piece.
- Writing is thinking. You need to know what you are trying to say.
- Writing takes time. Products will be better if you build in time for review.
- Everything you write will be too long. That's OK; write long, set the work aside, and then pare down. Inexperienced writers in particular should plan to write long initially.
- Use concrete examples: show, don't tell.
- Avoid clichés. Study the work of a good writer and learn the rhythm of that person's language.
- Make the lead crisp.
- The best writers pay attention to the suggestions of their editors.
- Everything is interesting if you think about it long enough!
(many thanks to Jane F. for sharing her splendid notes from this talk! cf. HowToWrite (28 Nov 2000), ...)
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