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  • seandodson 9:43 pm on February 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , elmore leonard, fiction, , writing   

    Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing 

    I like point 10 (via).

    • Ceemac 12:54 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Simply brilliant. Brilliantly simple. Same as his books.

  • seandodson 4:33 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: harold evans, , newsmans english, writing   

    Harold Evans: On filleting the fishmongers 


    Nice to see Harold Evans back at it. The 81-year-old editor, who has a new book to promote (left), is interviewed into today’s Guardian. I’ve been re-reading his Newsman’s English recently, which includes this prize catch: “There is a joke about a fishmonger which makes the point [about the need for economy in writing]. It is an old joke, but perhaps we can regard it as sanctified by custom; and say it should be recited as initiation ceremony for text editors. The fishmonger had a sign which said:


    The fishmonger had a friend who persuaded him to rub out the word FRESH – because the naturally he wouldn’t expect to sell fish that wasn’t fresh; to rub out the word HERE – because naturally he’s selling it here, in the shop; to rub out the word SOLD – because he isn’t giving it away; and finally to rub out the word FISH – because you can smell it a mile off.

  • seandodson 9:14 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Kurt Vonnegut: How to Write with Style 

    The late, great Kurt Vonnegut’s short essay on how to write with style. Priceless advice (via). Here’s the summary:

    1. Find a subject you care about
    2. Do not ramble, though
    3. Keep it simple
    4. Have guts to cut
    5. Sound like yourself
    6. Say what you mean
    7. Pity the readers

    • One Penny Profiles 9:39 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhhh… refreshing to hear. We all need to be reminded of this stuff now and again.

    • One Penny Profiles 9:40 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhhh… refreshing to hear. We all need to be reminded of this stuff now and again.


  • seandodson 2:41 pm on April 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Fujiya & Miyagi, Jens Lekman, , , Surfjan stevens, The arcade fire, writing   

    Musical stories sound the right tune 

    Very short story by David Best of Fujiya & Miyagi

    Write Me Stories is an unusual blog I stumbled across on Metafilter. It’s from a London-based music fan called “Paulo” who simply asks musicians to write him a very short story on a file-index or post card. The stories are very short, very rambling and usually quite funny. The one above is from David Best of Fujiya & Miyagi, but there are other ones from the likes of the Arcade Fire, Jens Lekman, Surfjan Stevens and many more.

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