Writing means sharing your experience of the world with others. Writing well requires cultivating the habits of being fully engaged with your own world. After years as a professional writer, I’ve learned the habits that have helped me develop my craft, and I think they’ll help you too, whether you’re writing philosophical tomes, family newsletters,… Read More 8 Habits of Good Writers
It’s been said that Ernest Hemingway read more than he drank. If that’s true, one wonders how he found the time. I’m often asked what I think is the best way to improve one’s writing. There’s no question about it: Read. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. William Faulkner, who joins Hemingway… Read More Read Your Way to Better Writing
The red attic staircase is winding and narrow, so narrow that only one visitor at a time can climb up and peer into the the small bedroom once likely occupied by Edgar Allan Poe. The 2.5-storey gabled brick Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum too is narrow, now narrower by half than when Poe lived… Read More Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore
This post in my series on writing well covers how to use nouns and pronouns. As we all should remember from grammar school, a noun stands for a person, place, idea, or other thing. A pronoun stands for a noun. A noun, or pronoun, can fill any of eight functions in a sentence: Subject: is… Read More Writing Well: People, Places, Ideas
Good writing is active, and verbs are the primary words that convey action, making the verb(s) the most important word(s) in almost any sentence. Without at least one verb, a group of words is merely a phrase; it cannot be a sentence. A single verb can form a complete sentence, although its subject you is… Read More Writing Well: Action!
The next several posts in my series on writing well will address correct grammar. This post will lay out some basic definitions that will be helpful. Feel free to refer back here whenever you need a refresher. The purpose of writing is to communicate ideas. The basic structure for communicating an idea is the sentence,… Read More How to Write Well: Sentence Basics
With the book at the publisher and the bail-out in limbo, I can get back to my series on writing well. In my last post in this series, I addressed the importance of clear thinking to clear writing. This post will cover organizational structure as it enhances clarity. The most important factor in the successful… Read More How to Write Well: Organization
Now that things are settling down around here, I can get back to my series on writing well. The most important element of good writing is clarity, and the most crucial pillar supporting clear writing is clear thinking. The subject of how to think is one that has occupied philosophers for millennia and is beyond… Read More Thinking Clearly, Writing Well