Be concise and clear.
Less meandering (without purpose).
Using too many sounds like bull$hit, and usually is.
Via The Loop
Reading, Writing, Wanderlust, and Commentary
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.
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 â€œpro bloggingâ€ industry â€” which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry â€” 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.