Orwell advised cutting as many words as possible, Woolf found energy in verbs, and Baldwin aimed for ‘a sentence as clean as a bone’. What can we learn from celebrated authors about the art of writing well?
6 min read · Apr 5th · I learned writing from The Economist. Back home, it wasn’t easy to learn English. No one in my social circle was fluent in the language and I couldn’t afford a private tutor. The best I could do was…
That’s why it helps to rewrite and proofread—with the intentional goal of cutting what doesn’t belong to what you’re trying to say.
Most of the paragraphs in The Economist clearly state their main idea in the first sentence and expand on it in the following ones.
5 min read · Apr 22nd · I love a good aside. I live for literary intrusion. I want comments on my comments, discursive thinking, footnotes. I want to be distracted, taken off course for a while before being firmly set bac…
The arresting off-handedness, the cadence, the sonic double-mirroring—pic/nic and light/ning—the simplicity. Chef’s kiss, as the kids may or may not still say.