June 26, 2017

The most expensive lesson in writing

I don’t remember when I first heard the expression “preparation is not production” but the failure to see the difference has been the most expensive writing mistake of my life.  It was a mistake that was chronic and mostly invisible. Even after I realized I was doing too much prep and not enough writing, I still found excuses – I actually […]

Why Stephen Fry gets it wrong on grammar

 If you’re interested in writing, this Stephen Fry video is worth 6 minutes of your time.  First of all, there’s the amazing musicality of the audio. Injecting music into your writing is a powerful writing technique – as I have argued  – and I think Fry proves the point. By the time you’ve listened through, you’ve […]

Neil Strauss’s key to writing: Assume that no one cares

In an excellent video interview (below) with Tim Ferriss, NYT best selling author, Neil Strauss offers his key to good writing. Let me paraphrase a superb writing technique: As you begin to write, assume that no-one cares.      Clueless writers assume that there’s something inherently interesting in whatever they write. But the experienced writer assumes […]