The holiday season brings a lot of things to a lot of people, including family, gifts, joy and faith. Unfortunately for journalists, it also brings a ton of horrible, well-worn phrases that sap your readers’ will to live. 745 more words
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Take this moment and pause. I know you can hear them. The voices in your head. Talking to you. Telling you things. How others are thinking, feeling. 933 more words
A while back, I started writing about foundational writing rules with my Writing Basics: How You Should Structure Your Story. Today, I’m going to continue with a subject equally foundational, maybe more so: 1,095 more words
Put your copy on a diet and give it a haircut: How to fix sentences that are too long and too heavy.
Consider this sentence from a sports story that ran Thursday:
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Eyebrows were raised when Francona picked Bauer instead of Kluber, and the eccentric right-hander, perhaps best known for slicing a pinkie open while repairing a drone during last year’s postseason and bleeding all over the mound in Toronto, delivered a performance that started October just right for the Indians.
Get ready, because you and I are going back to the basics. A bit of Writing 101 if you will. Ground level, and building layer by layer until we reach the moon. 999 more words