48 Tips in 48 Hours

From the National Writers Workshop in Hartford CT and Poynter. Examples:

  • Be a reader. Friedman quoted from “Reading Like a Writer,” by Francine Prose. “Writers learn from reading the work of their predecessors.”
  • Be curious, no matter what you’re writing. “Writing is having an innate curiosity about life. Even if you write fiction. You’re writing more than fiction, you’re writing about life.”
  • “Why do my readers care about this story now?”
  • Team up.  Everyone has different strengths.
  • “I look for stories about the human condition, the small stories that say something about who we are and where we are.”
  • “Read the damn clips.” Newspapers are losing their institutional memory. Report the story that’s happening now, and tell the readers about the story that happened a decade ago.
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