If you’re not willing to edit ruthlessly, you’re not a writer. Writing means, in large part, cutting out extraneous words and replacing weak ones with strong terms. Here are seven vague words to watch out for:
Google, Twitter, and some traditional news media outlets are targeting what they call fake-news sites in an attempt to refuse them access to, or accounts in, their services. Twitter is shutting down numerous accounts of people they accuse of conspiracy theories and alt-right positions. Facebook has for some time been accused of tweaking their algorithms to give preference to left-wing news media.
If ever there was a time when news organizations pretended to maintain neutrality and objetivity, it has long passed.
Christians, of all people, nurture a special place in their hearts for truth—not only biblical truth, but truth in all its aspects and facets. Continue reading
The paragraph is a marvelous invention. Within a visual unit of words and sentences a principal idea is captured and featured. Over the centuries the size of paragraphs has shrunk, but some still protest over single-sentence blocks.
Not all prescriptions for paragraphs function in all types of writing. But everyone works with some definition and concept of the paragraph. Continue reading
Economist Tho. Sowell wrote some years back about writing. I just now stumbled over it.
The manuscript of Basic Economics sat around for about a decade. From time to time, something that I saw in a newspaper or magazine or on television would set me off and I would see an economic principle that it illustrated or a fallacy that needed to be corrected—usually the latter. But, once I had written whatever it took to deal with that particular issue, I felt no compulsion to continue writing Basic Economics.
I identify with this statement. What I read spurs me, inspires me, enrages me. I best write when I have read something that, for good or bad, engages my mind.
His piece isn’t short, but worth your time, if you aspire to write or are interested in the craft or the work of editing and publishing.
WHY I WRITE
I love to preach, I love to teach, and I love to write! The reason I love to write is because it is another way to preach and teach the gospel and to set forth the grand principles of Christianity. The preacher who writes greatly expands his “audience” and vastly extends his influence. His words may be read many years after his earthly demise. Continue reading
This was my email to Forthright Magazine columnists today. It applies to all bloggers and online writers who seek to share the gospel.
So says a BBC site to journalists: “The most important thing you write online as a journalist is the headline.”
First, in journalism, it used to be, anyway, that editors wrote the headlines. Maybe that has changed.
But the idea is true for all of us as well.