As I announced last week, I’m starting an occasional series on writing well. Many thanks to all who have provided some great responses to my requests for topic suggestions.
After thinking through your many helpful suggestions, I’ve decided to organize upcoming posts according to what I’ve identified as five pillars of good writing: clarity, brevity, vitality, elegance, and style.
Clarity: The primary things that undergird clear writing are clear thinking, organization, and good grammar.
Brevity: Brevity means making sure that every word matters.
Vitality: Vital writing relies on vivid words, especially verbs, and fresh figures of speech.
Elegance: Elegant writing has a rhythm. The premier tools of elegance are parallelism and modifiers that provide emphasis.
Style: Style is personal, and lets the writer’s personality shine through his mastery of the basics of good writing.
Please continue to request topics and ask questions. I hope you find this series helpful.
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …