Tagged: writing

“Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

Listen, I realize that in the wake of Elmore Leonard’s death on Tuesday morning, his¬†10 tips for writers have been essentially¬†everywhere online today. But his tips are so great, so worthy of dissemination, that I had to share them just in case you happened to miss them somehow. Make sure you check them out here.

Work Habits

“Gay Talese would pin pages of his writing to a wall and examine them from the other side of the room with binoculars.”

Rod McLaren rounded up the work habits and/or quirks of a variety of writers. Some of them seem perfectly normal. Some of them seem bizarre, but maybe that’s just because I don’t own a shed.

Bite-Sized Reading

Do articles and blogs have too many words for your taste? Are you still finding sites like these — which give you italicized excerpts from longer stories or posts — still too much to read? If that’s the case, check out TLDR.it. You won’t have to read a bunch of words and learn a bunch of things! You’ll just get one sentence and be just as well-informed, promise. [via]