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On Writing Well (1)

  • Let
    Your Blog Posts Marinate (4 Steps to Forming Great Ideas):
    Glen
    Stansberry gives four steps to create better blog entries
  • Paul
    Graham’s guide to writing

    …expect 80% of the ideas in an
    essay to happen after you start writing it, and 50% of those you start with
    to be wrong; be confident enough to cut; have friends you trust read your
    stuff and tell you which bits are confusing or drag; don’t (always) make
    detailed outlines; mull ideas over for a few days before writing; carry a
    small notebook or scrap paper with you; start writing when you think of the
    first sentence…

  • Booker
    prize winner Kiran Desai

    I work in the mornings and
    evenings. In the mornings, I am more clear-headed and focused. In the
    nights, it is my wild, dark imagination that is working. I also listen to
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and keep nibbling at my kababs. In the morning, I
    work on what I have written in the night, revise and revisit my
    characters.

  • So
    you want to be a writer

    In good
    writing, he observed, “every sentence shall palpitate and thrill with the
    mere fascination of the syllables.” To achieve this effect, one must employ
    certain “rules of style.” He warned budding writers, for example, “not [to]
    habitually prop your sentences on crutches, such as Italics and exclamation
    points, but make them stand without aid; if they cannot emphasize
    themselves, these devices are commonly but a confession of
    helplessness.”

  • A
    Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips

    9. Revise. If you really crank out the text,
    and experiment, and just let things flow, you’ll need to go back over it.
    Yes, that means you. Many writers hate revising, because it seems like so
    much work when they’ve already done the writing. But if you want to be a
    good writer, you need to learn to revise. Because revision is where good
    writing really is. It separates the mediocre from the great. Go back over
    everything, looking not only for grammar and spelling mistakes, but for
    unnecessary words and awkward structures and confusing sentences. Aim for
    clarity, for strength, for freshness.

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