Archive for How to Write

Why Do You Write?

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I received a post today from good friend, Robert Moulthrop, who writes short stories, plays and screenplays. He informed his readers that his short story “Friends in Need” has won Helen: A Literary Magazine’s inaugural short story competition. Congratulations, Robert!

Robert returned to his passion for creative writing after a long career in public relations. The title of his post is Five Reasons Why I Write.  I first met Robert many years ago when we both toiled in PR, and partnered for a while in a short-lived PR firm. Then we went our separate ways but stayed good friends. Read More→

How Not to Write Badly

How to write wellAs I write this, I cautiously check each phrase to ensure that it cannot be shortened. I double-check my P’s (periods) and Q’s (question marks) to be sure they are properly placed.

I look over my shoulder to see if the ghosts of William Strunk and E.B. White are watching as I type, eager to interrupt and correct my grammar.

I think back to my college years when their book The Elements of Style was required reading in my beginning journalism class.

Blame the Internet

Today, those of us who blog, post to social networks and text message can learn from their admonitions: use the active voice; omit needless words; put statements in positive form; use definite, specific, concrete language; and so forth. Ah, if only. Read More→