Writer’s Thoughts 8/4/10
– There is a vast difference in writing an article on a subject and writing THE article on a subject. Work to be the best, knowing you will fall short. Nevertheless, strive to be the best, anyway.
– Read extensively in your field, so you can improve your craft.
– Look for a better way to say things. Familiarity is skimmed over, and we can’t allow our readers that shortcut.
– “The first thing in the morning—before you even stand up—you have to jot down those ideas that are floating around your head when you wake up. Literally don’t get out of bed. Keep a journal by your bed and write before your feet hit the floor. Also, keep a pad by the shower, and always carry paper with you.” [Dave Cullen from Rants and Ramblings of Life as a Literary Agent.
– We ultimately write for ourselves, emptying our minds of the thoughts that hammer away inside our head.
– “Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell” [William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White].
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