Challenging The King On Writing

He Can Only Teach Us So Much

1. Use failure as fuel.

2. Remove everything that is not part of the story.

3. “Write with the door closed. Rewrite with the door open.”

4. Don’t dress up your vocabulary.

5. Avoid adverbs.

6. Paragraphs are maps of intent.

7. Truthful writing often upsets people.

8. There is a timeless connection between reading and writing.

9. The best stories are unearthed — not created.

10. After the first draft, crystallize the point of your story.

11. 2nd draft = 1st draft — 10%

12. Identify your ideal reader.

13. Strive to write every day.

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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