Write Better - A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality
How much do I want to read more? 7/10
Nothing special here, But it is well written. His understanding and advices are sound and useful. It puts a framework in what we would come to instinctively.
A short and must-read book for those interested in writting (especially non-fiction)
For over forty years I’ve trained, guided, and cheered on hundreds of writers. I have been stimulated by a desire to help people express their ideas as clearly and powerfully as possible.
- Part one on craft is about mastering certain skills such as finding strong openings and closings, staying focused on an audience, creating a clear structure, being persuasive, revising well, and developing good titles.
- Part two is on art, which is notoriously difficult to define.
- Part three is on the spirituality of writing.
1- FINDING AN OPENING - BEGINNINGS MATTER.
If you make good friends in your first weeks of college, that can make the difference in sticking with school and ultimately graduating. If the opening sentences of what you write are just right, they can be a balm to readers and a joy to you.
THE THESIS OPENING
One solution is to make it personal, punchy, or provocative.
Life is difficult. (The Road Less Traveled)
With only three words Peck flings a bucketful of cold realism.
Part of the power of his opening comes from the contrast it presents to a society committed to the easy life.
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina)
we know this will be a story about one of those unique, unhappy families.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)