Z=Zinsser (Feb 27)

. . . and more books on writing A sure method to improve as a writer is to be a reader, and in particular a reader of books on writing. These books impart not only the lessons the author has acquired in his lifetime, but also a sensibility that can help you feel like youContinue reading “Z=Zinsser (Feb 27)”

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U=University (Feb 22)

. . . and a lesson on more or less Part of learning is unlearning. As lessons confront experience, and experience increases ability, lessons must adapt or they will hold us back. This is the “exnovation” that clears the ground for “innovation”. When I was in journalism school, learning how to write for newspapers, ourContinue reading “U=University (Feb 22)”

S=Structures of Language (Feb 20)

It takes a certain amount of hubris (and the craft mentioned in books like BURROWAY) to write on anything.  In doing so, certain truths become inescapable.  The most paramount truth is this: you don’t know much. To write, you are trying to capture life as you know it.  Then you recreate it for someone else. Continue reading “S=Structures of Language (Feb 20)”

Q=Question-Based Writing (Feb 18)

Good art centers around questions. The pursuit of an answer is never-ending.  In that answer, there is revelation, or discovery, or a truth that can be emotional or empirical.  Good writing is art – and good writing is the same.  I will go one more step: good writing is only good because it answers aContinue reading “Q=Question-Based Writing (Feb 18)”