10 Tips on Writing from David OgilvyA library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativty07 FEBRUARY, 2012by Maria Popova “Never write more than two pages on any subject.” How is your new year’s resolution to read more and write better holding up? After tracing the fascinating
The Daily Routines of Famous WritersA library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativty20 NOVEMBER, 2012by Maria Popova “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine mad
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Thomas Sowell From time to time, I get a letter from some aspiring young writer, asking about how to write or how to get published. My usual response is that the only way I know to become a good writer is to be a bad writer and keep on improving. However, even after you
A couple of weeks ago we asked our readers to share their writing tips. The response was far beyond the initial expectations, and the quality of the tips included was amazing. Thanks for everyone who contributed. Now, without further delay, the 34 writing tips that will make you a better writer! 1. Daniel Pay attention to punctuation; especially to the correct use of commas and periods. These two punctuation marks regulate the flow of your thoughts, and they can make your text confusing even if the words are clear. 2. Thomas Participate in NaNoWriMo, which challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I noticed that my writing has definitely improved over the course of the book — and it’s not even finished yet.
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A writing question: What writing tips would you whisper to those who aren’t aspiring professionals, but would like to write better? If I asked you about losing weight and you said “Diet and Exercise” you’d be a) correct and b) ignored. So no ideas that take work. We want the quick fix! Tips like “Ed
5 Good Online Productivity Tools For Writers Molly Flatt | Ah, tools. Such a seductive word, with that tactile, workmanlike ring. And such seductive implications. Accumulating tools feels like the very opposite of time wasting. Tools promise to transform us into humble, brine-browed word-c
I don’t remember learning to read, but I clearly remember the day I learned I could read. I was entrusted with a note for my lovely kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hicks. The note asked that I be excused from school for a doctor’s appointment. As I – quite possibly for the first time in my life – read so
"The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not." Kurt Vonnegut has
"Understanding is not a piercing of the mystery, but an acceptance of it, a living blissfully with it, in it, through and by it." Why do
CJ Lyons (@cjlyonswriter) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for 17 years before scoring her first big book deal, after which she quit her job and decided to become a full-time author.
There’s a lot of advice out there on being a better writer (some of it is pretty funny, intentional or otherwise), but the focus always seems to be on how best to inhabit the writerly identity and not how to, you know, actually get better at the underlying task. It’s [...]
The same constraints to writing well are also constraints to living fully. Not to be a slave to fashion or commerce, not to succumb to arid self-censorship, not to bow to popular opinion—what is all that but a description of the educated, enlightened life?