Sunday, September 6, 2009

Writing with style

Keep it simple: During a job interview years ago, a sports editor told me that I had the simplest writing style he'd seen. He didn't see tangled webs in my sentences, and I took that as a compliment.

Recently, one of the readers of this blog commented: "I like your no-nonsense writing style, and appreciate your generosity on this blog."

I can't compare myself to Ernest Hemingway, but I've always used his approach: "My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way," he said.

That said, my advice is to use your natural style; don't try to imitate an established writer. If you write like Hemingway, more power to you; just don't leave any guns lying around.

Freelance network: You might try the Freelance Writers And Editors network on Yahoo. It's a three-year-old network with an active membership.

Book him, Dano:
I haven't read The Craft & Business Of Writing yet, but you might check it out.

The letter: Here's an example of a great query letter to an agent.

Contact: I can be reached at or Also, my Twitter handle is EDITORatWORK.

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