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Make Every Word Matter

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Make Every Word Matter.

Be concise and clear.

Fewer words.

Less meandering (without purpose).

Using too many sounds like bull$hit, and usually is.

Via The Loop

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 27th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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More on the Aforementioned Mamet Quote

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In the event that you didn’t click through the Daring Fireball link (you should have) here’s a link to the complete text of the aforementioned Mamet quote.

Should probably be tattooed backward on your forehead if you’re a writer. Great stuff.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OUTLINES ARE, GENERALLY, SPECTACULAR. THE DRAMA FLOWS OUT BETWEEN THE OUTLINE AND THE FIRST DRAFT.

THINK LIKE A FILMMAKER RATHER THAN A FUNCTIONARY, BECAUSE, IN TRUTH, YOU ARE MAKING THE FILM. WHAT YOU WRITE, THEY WILL SHOOT.

Indeed…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 24th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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Gruber/Mann Obsession Times Voice

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Great bit by John Gruber last week about what makes good writing, in any format.

There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium are new, but the craft is ancient.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 7th, 2009 at 9:44 pm