Writing advice from the blogosphere and before

Writers want to be read, certainly this writer does. I’m always on the lookout for good writing advice.

Source: www.gotcredit.com writing advice
Source: www.gotcredit.com

Here are my three favourite offerings:

1. 6 questions/6 rules George Orwell was a hero to my first creative writing teacher. Politics and the English Language was required reading in those long ago, pre-internet days; as it is now. His 6 Questions/6 Rules is part of a site which features writing advice from many of the greats.

2. A manifesto for the simple scribe – my 25 commandments for journalists Tim Radford gives the benefit of his considerable experience as a journalist and editor at The Guardian. My favourite commandment is number 10 – a story only has to say one big thing.

3. Top writing tips and the psychology behind them is a quick read because writer Josh Bernoff practises what he preaches in his blog Without Bullshit. Josh is passionate about purging.

Radford, Orwell and Bernoff agree on one piece of writing advice: be succinct. Which is harder than it seems.

As Mark Twain said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

Do you have favourite writing advice that you’d like to share?

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