Writing: some links

All via Abi and his shared links.

[1] Writing is like golf:

I saw Simmons on a late night talk show recently, and I got really interested when the host asked him to talk about what it’s like to write as much and as well as he does. Simmons compared writing to the game of golf. It’s something you have to work at every day if you’re ever going to be  good at it. If you stop writing, you’ll likely lose some of that touch it’s taken so long to develop. I thought this was a great analogy for writing, and because I’ve wanted to say something on this blog about the practice of writing social science for a while now, I thought I’d expound on the analogy.

Like playing golf, writing well is harder than it looks.

Learning how to putt well is the best way to improve your score.

Like golf, writing doesn’t come naturally to most of us. It’s something you need to work at if you want to improve.

There are lots of ways to get the ball to the green.

Quantity really does equal quality.

Even experienced golfers still need coaching; good writers never stop seeking feedback.

Get to know the course/your audience.

Enjoy the scenery. Writing should be fun.

A nice one!

[2] Review of Stephen King’s memoir on writing (about which I have heard lots of great things from elsewhere too — if I remember correct, Elizabeth George’s book on writing).

[3] Rules for writing a PRL.


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