Saturday
Jul092005

Introduction

For the longest time, I've been meaning to write a guide for better writing but never got around to doing so until now.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip I: Love Writing

If you find writing to be a chore; if you grumble each time your editor gives you an extra assignment; if you'd rather be doing something else other than writing, you should be asking yourself: "What am I doing in this profession?"

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip II: Love Reading

If you don't love reading, you should also be questioning yourself whether being a writer is the right profession for you.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip III: Find Role Models

It’s said that imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip IV: Be a Specialist

You won't go very far as a generalist.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip V: Be Versatile

Being a specialist doesn't mean being rigid.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip VI: Be Your Own Harshest Critic

Good writers are rarely satisfied.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip VII: Be a Stickler for Accuracy

Of course, everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect, but writers must take great care to get their facts right.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip VIII: Be Smart with Numbers

Dealing with numbers is always a tricky thing.

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Jul112005

Tip IX: Write Tightly

When you write your article, remember to write tightly.

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Jul112005

Tip X: Add Color

I always remind non-fiction writers that even though we write about real world people and events, ultimately, we are still storytellers.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip XI: Write the Way You Speak

When you compose your feature, write as if you were speaking to someone.

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Monday
Jul112005

Tip XII: Assume They Don't Know & Don't Care

There are two assumptions I always make before I attempt to write an, whether it's a straight news piece, a feature story or a commentary.

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