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