February 12, 2013
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Peggy Noonan discusses speech-writing in this piece on her Wall Street Journal Blog.
She discusses the hollow nature of many political speeches in the present era, saying:
“If you try to write ‘good lines’ you’ll likely wind up with strings of dumb, unconnected applause lines. The audience will probably applaud—crowds of supporters are dutiful that way, and people want to be polite—but they’ll know they’re applauding an applause line, not a thought, and they’ll know they’re enacting enthusiasm, not feeling it.”
She has some great thoughts. Read the article here.
January 20, 2011
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One of my goals in writing a blog is to improve as a writer; to write things that people will want to read. For the writer, grabbing and holding the reader’s attention is crucial to success. This week I saw some good advice for writers: whether you are writing papers for school, blogs, articles, or books.
When we write, too often we fail to stimulate our readers through our use of verbs. Alvin Reid, writer and professor at Southeastern Seminary offers some insightful thoughts on his blog. His advice for writers begins with a question: “Writers, what IS your problem with verbs?” Reid contends that “is” is not a compelling action word, and that writers can do better.
What advice do you have for writers?
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing?