Daily Archives: 6 December 2007

Of the 22 best writing tips, No. 15 is a good idea

There are writing tips. And then there are writing tips. And there are some more.

Writing Forward has 22 of them.

2. Read as much and as often as you can. Remember, every writer is a reader first.

3. Keep a journal or notebook handy at all times so you can jot down all of your brilliant ideas.

9. Read works by highly successful authors to learn what pleases publishers and earns a pretty penny.

10. Read works by the canonical authors so you can understand what constitutes literary achievement.

15. Start a blog. Use it to talk about your own writing process, to share your ideas and experiences, or to publish your work to a live audience.

18. Let go of your inner editor. When you sit down to write a draft, refrain from proofreading until that draft is complete.

Read the full story here: The 22 best writing tips ever


‘News shows are getting comedic and vice-versa’

The New York Times‘ three-time Pulitzer Prize winning foreign affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman has “scooped” an Iranian intelligence note to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which in a strange sort of way captures the truth about the news business in America:

“We have to note that obtaining open-source intelligence in America has become more difficult, because traditional news shows have become more comedic and more comedic news shows more authoritative.

“For instance, CNN’s nightly business report is hosted by a man named “Dobbs.” Real journalists come on his show and present transparently propagandistic stories about immigration and trade and then he fulminates about them, much the way our ayatollahs used to do about “Satanic Americans” on late-night Iranian TV. So viewers have no real idea what’s happening in the U.S. economy.

“Meanwhile, at 11 p.m., something called “The Daily Show,” which appears on Comedy Central, has fake journalists presenting what turns out to be the real news.”

Read the full column here: Intercepting Iran’s take on America

‘A newspaper that’s a genuine viewspaper’

Its current circulation is 1.3 million. Its operating profits are up 25 per cent; revenues up 4 per cent in the first six months of this financial year. It is a magazine that calls itself a newspaper. It is sober yet witty and carries only a few bylines. Yet, with more than half its copies being sold in the United States, it seems to be doing what even Time and Newsweek are finding difficult in a gloomy news market.

So what accounts for the success of The Economist?

Roy Greenslade seems to suggest in the London Evening Standard that it may be that in an era of news and information overload, the Economist not only reports the news but unabashedly says what it thinks about it:

“The magazine is a little like the BBC World Service, dispensing well-informed reports about what is happening around the globe to the people who need to know or, just possibly, those who think they should know. The difference is that The Economist comes at matters with a strong point a view. It is, genuinely, a viewspaper with a strong commitment to the free market.”

Read the full piece here: The Economist is wowing America

Graphic: courtesy Evening Standard