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Discussions of literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, and critical theory are also welcome--strongly encouraged, even. However some of his words were foreign to me.
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Are Good Readers Good Writers
Get a letter from me to you in your inbox, every two weeks! Sign up for free right here. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing. Or, at least, better writing. Why does good writing matter? Sometimes, yes.
That Born Friends video started with a story and a script. Words matter. Your words what you say and style how you say it are your most cherished and undervalued assets.
Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of it this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place logo, tagline, and so on , would he or she recognize it as yours?
Good writing serves the reader, not the writer. Rather, good writing anticipates what questions readers will have as they read a piece, and before they ask them it answers them. That means most good writers are natural skeptics, especially regarding their own work.
What questions might they have? Why should any of us care? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he or she will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?
Data puts your content in context and gives you credibility. Ground your content in facts: Data, research, fact-checking and curating. Your ideas and opinions and spin might be part of that story—or they might not be, depending on what you are trying to convey.
Said another way: Data before declaration. If you are going to tell me what you think, give me a solid reason why you think it. Good writing roots out opposing viewpoints.
Writing is hard work, and producing a shitty first draft is often depressing. But the important thing is to get something down to start chipping into something that resembles a coherent narrative. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. I mean this in two ways: First, good writing has logic and structure.
It feels solid to the reader: The writer is in control and has taken on the heavy burden of shaping a lumpy jumble of thoughts into something clear and accessible. It might not follow a formula, exactly. Good writing has more logic to it than you might think.
Second, good writing is inherently teachable—just as trigonometry or algebra or balancing a balance sheet is a skill any of us can master. I think the same is true about writing. I told her that writing was more like math then she suspected. Business—like life—can be complicated. Products can be involved or concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood: It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak and conveys things in human, accessible terms.
Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. So think what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible. Rather, it elects to simply say it better. It only means you have to hone your own unique perspective and voice. Writers get the byline and any glory. But behind the scenes, a good editor adds a lot to process. Remember what I said above about there being two kinds of people?
And very often, both being wrong? A good editor teases the best out of so-called writers and non-writers alike. And if so, why is that odd? Because in a world where we have an opportunity and responsibility to tell our stories online, we need to find not just the right words… but the very best ones. Great post, Ann. Part of the challenge is balancing writing for academic journals and writing for my own website as the structure and expectations can be different.
Great blog. So I found it very interesting that Mark Twain mentioned that it makes you a good writer. You know what, John? Pithy post, Annie. I love it and am convicted of it. Key to good communication. Thanks Ann — this is excellent!
Excellent list. Thank you for this post! This is one of the most inspiring posts I have read about writing. And that bonus is so true and crucial in good writing! I know that my editor has been an important influence in how my writing improved over the past couple of years. I will be sharing with them. Always a great read Ann. That being said, there are many people who can tell a great story.
They might not win the Pulitzer, but they get their point across and people enjoy reading what they write. To me that is a success. Life is long and there are so many decisions. Thank you! Thank you for a very interesting read. I am a trully dreadful writer! You have given me a little inspiration to carry on with my mediocre copy writing skills for websites in the hope that I will learn more and get better at it as I also believed that it was a skill you were born with.
Thank you for you knowledge and experience. I have been writing my lifes story for 23 years. It has been trying. Starting and stoping. I am using my honest voice and there are a lot of questions to be asked in it.
I am now focused on delivering it to the universe. I dont have a editor as of yet. Shipping the work is.
I remember utter terror to even start writing. Paralysis and fear of choosing the wrong words, my writing sucks, etc derailed everything. With that being said…this was brilliant Ann. I hate using brilliant, because I feel like the social webs overuse of it has devalued the meaning somewhat, but that is the first thing that came to mind. You make it extremely simple to understand a very complex topic, and even simpler description.
Absolutely spot on article on writing! Thanks for pulling together these 9 points. Though I think the advice is directed at non-fiction writing could have read it wrong , I also think all writers can learn something from your list.
And even if you are a fiction writer, you still have to market yourself and your work, which also makes you a non-fiction writer as well. If you are interested, send me an email. Hey Mark — I was speaking more about non-fiction. I love this! Thanks so much. I started blogging about a year ago and shared our ministry experiences in Ghana, West Africa on the blog.
Good Reader, Bad Reader
Lovecraft advised aspiring writers. But what, exactly, does it mean to be a good reader? Vladimir Nabokov April 22, —July 2, was a man of wonderfully opinionated insights on literature and life. He was also, it turns out, equally opinionated in his criteria for what constitutes a good reader. The students leaned heavily on emotional identification, action, and the social-economic or historical angle. Of course, as you have guessed, the good reader is one who has imagination, memory, a dictionary, and some artistic sense—which sense I propose to develop in myself and in others whenever I have the chance. Incidentally, I use the word reader very loosely.
The thesis or main point of Good Readers and Good Writers is to be a good reader you must be a good writer and to be a good writer you must be a good reader. The thesis is in the information of the essay, which leads it to be a implicit thesis. An implicit thesis is when you do not make it an obvious main point in the essay instead of saying the thesis in the begin of an essay. The thesis statement develops through the content of your essay rather than being said obviously. The implicit thesis is proved throughout the essay many times. The first page of Good Readers and Good Writers says "In reading, one should notice the fondle details.
Is it an emotional one or a logical one? Yet no sooner are their long. Moreover, coming up with a truly written nothing. Good Readers and Good Writers 1. What do you need to know to form Jessie English Good Readers and Good Writers Essay Essay organization is very important to the flow and overall message of the essay. Organization makes the essay easier to complete and easier to understand. Good Readers Good Writers Essay.
"How to be a Good Reader" or "Kindness to Authors"—something of that sort might serve to provide a subtitle for these various discussions of various authors,.
To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America. Of course, as you have guessed, the good reader is one who has imagination, memory, a dictionary, and some artistic sense. While Nabokov was busy scrutinizing and cataloging literary devices, his U. Although his pop quiz registers his disdain for readers who deprioritized aesthetics, Nabokov himself was no stranger to such institutional projects of reading.
Questions to consider while reading: The Nabokov piece is a seminal one in our study of reading and writing. You will come back to it again and again over the course of the year. Read it first to get an overall impression of its argument; then, read it with the following questions in mind.
To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America. Of course, as you have guessed, the good reader is one who has imagination, memory, a dictionary, and some artistic sense. While Nabokov was busy scrutinizing and cataloging literary devices, his U.
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