Secrets of good writing

Secrets of good writing

Writing is hard work. Well, good writing is. As the late, great sportswriter Red Smith put it:

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”

Samuel Johnson agreed, although he lived a few hundred years earlier.

“What is written without effort is… read without pleasure.”

Finally, there’s E. B. White of New Yorker fame. When he wasn’t at his saltwater farm in Brooklin, Maine, writing Charlotte’s Web or one of his other books, White wrote hundreds of those little column- fillers the New Yorker was so well known for — along with the dry, sarcastic comments that made them so amusing.

Of course, White is probably best known for re-writing his college professor’s old English playbook, The Elements of Style, in which he confessed:

“The best writing is rewriting.”

I guess writing wasn’t easy for him, either.

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