Monday, 13 June 2005

Writing skills

On his blog John Naughton points to an article about writing. It's specifically aimed at journalists but I think it has far wider application and outlines a useful process for anyone who writes - including students writing reports and essays for assignments. I particularly like the way the author has narrowed down the process to a series of simple steps, I often find I get tangled up when writing stuff because I haven't followed the stages correctly so any reminders are useful. Check it out - it might help!

Nice being able to write these posts from a PC again. The stuff from Scarborough was written using the mobile phone and while fine for a swift text message the user interface and the screen really don't help with anything beyong "Am on trn" or "C U l8er m8". Despite suggestions to the contrary the typos were not caused by alcohol!

5 careful considerations:

Morning-Loves-It said...

Good link on writing Nog. Thanks for that. I could write 2000 words on Rimmel Lippie or my favourite shoes and get it 'right' first time but I do struggle writing about stuff I knew nothing about until I read the course books.

Glad you had a good time, even with the tears.

Rob Spence said...

Yes, I saw that as well - how to write summed up in five words. Impressive!

Nogbad said...

Would be lovely if it was that easy wouldn't it?

A recent pub discussion centred on similarities between Tolkien and Beowolf. Someone suggested rewriting Beowolf in the style of Burgess! Something for you to fill your afternoons with Rob? :-)

Rob Spence said...

Beowulf, methinks. Burgess could do it - when Burgess met Borges, in the 70s when Argentina was a military state, they alarmed the goons guarding the embassy where they met by conversing in Anglo-Saxon...

Pelicanhellican said...

Thank you Mr Nog .. the writing link was interesting and I've passed it along to a wanna-be. x