Monday, September 6, 2010

A better writer

IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER writer, you might check out this 15-point web site.

Here's a site with 10 bits of advice.

This site has 15 tips on being a better writer.

I've offered dozens of suggestions since last season, and I'll continue to do so.

Most important: Edit yourself, and write tight. Do those two things well, and you'll definitely improve your writing.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Tom,

    The other day I was sub-editing an article on hydropower in China. It was an awful mess and I pretty much rewrote the whole thing, ripping out massive chunks of text and replacing them with more relevant content (under the orders of me editor, of course). However, I generally followed the author's structure.

    The reason I am writing about this here is that my editor has just asked me if want a credit as co-author (it is a piece for print). What do you think? In my opinion sub-editors should sit in the shadows. We are often "ghost writers" I find. Is there a hard and fast rule for this? Friends talk to me about the "copy-editors' code", which forbids subbers from taking bylines. Do you know about this?