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Transom » Nancy Updike

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Great bit of writing intelligence from one of my favorite radio writers, Nancy Updike.

Save earlier drafts/make an OUTS page… As soon as I open a page to start a story, I open another page and label it ‘OUTS.’ Anything I cut from the story, I paste into the outs page. Any time I start making major revisions in the script, I save it as a new version. It’s hard to resist having a sort of Enlightenment view of whatever you’re working on-it’s getting better and better all the time!-but sometimes the way you phrased some bit the first time was best. And sometimes not. With the earlier versions saved, you can compare and choose.

The entire article is excellent. You can check it out at: Transom » Nancy Updike

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 7th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

@jsnell on Baseball Misfits

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I did not have a moment in high school where someone discovered that the nerdy kid with the bowl haircut could, miraculously, throw a football accurately or hit home runs or reliably plant a jump shot from outside. The closest I came to any of that was when a bunch of guys who hung out at the computer lab during lunchtime (which I did not, since I was too busy playing a dice-themed fantasy game instead) recruited me to be on their team in an inter-school programming contest.

That’s the nerd stereotype, right? Bad at sports. Loves computers. And probably spent his lunch hours playing Dungeons and Dragons. Except that the dice game I played in high school wasn’t D&D, but Sports Illustrated Superstar Baseball. Because I loved, and love, baseball. I even loved playing on that losing team of baseball misfits.

You may have missed this if you don’t subscribe to The Magazine, but Jason Snell’s essay, Baseball Misfits is now up on the American McCarver sports blog.

It’s excellent. You should read it.

It’s also a perfect example of why I subscribe to The Magazine.

Top notch, curated writing, dropped at your iOS doorstep once every two weeks.

And you don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate that.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 15th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Salon on David Foster Wallace In The Words of His Friends

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It’s unnecessary for me to say anything. Just read it.

The last days of David Foster Wallace | Salon Books.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 26th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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