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“Writing is a skill, not a talent, and this difference is important because a skill can be improved by practice.” –Robert Stacy McCain, The Other McCain
“Ideas are not really alive if they are confined only to a person’s mind.”—Nancy Duarte One of the most beautiful parts of writing (or of speaking) is what I call idea flow. That is, writing is a pipeline that allows … Continue reading
“If you can’t write clearly, you probably don’t think nearly as well as you think you do.” —Kurt Vonnegut
“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” —Thomas Jefferson
Some wise words about writing and thinking: Now, any man who can think can write. Writing is merely recording. If a man has anything to record, writing can record it. The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a … Continue reading
The period is the stop sign of the punctuation world. By providing a boundary, a period delineates a thought. Its presence divides and its absence connects. To employ it is to make a statement; to leave it out, equally so. … Continue reading
“I don’t write books because I want to, and I don’t write books to make a living. I write books because I have no choice. I have to do it because this idea—whatever it is searing a hole in my … Continue reading
In On Writing, Stephen King explains what writing is. Telepathy, of course. It’s amusing when you stop it think about it—for years people have argued about whether or not such a thing exists . . . and all the time … Continue reading
Richard Nordquist has collected a Top Ten list of Mark Twain’s writing tips. My favorites: Use the right word, not its second cousin. And: Use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English—it … Continue reading