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What is Narrative, Anyway? – Poynter
Then it occurred to me that we throw the word "narrative" around pretty freely these days. Yet here was a veteran, sophisticated reporter who was keenly interested in producing this thing she heard everyone talking about, but honestly wasn't sure what it meant.
narrative  writing  toteach 
january 2017 by tysone
Sorkinisms - A Supercut - YouTube
This video is a tribute to the work of Aaron Sorkin: the recycled dialogue, recurring phrases, and familiar plot lines. This is not intended as a critique but rather a playful excursion through Sorkin's wonderful world of words.
sorkin  writing  video 
june 2012 by tysone
Rands In Repose: Please Learn to Write
Coding is unforgiving. Its structure is well-defined and enforced by whatever interpreter or compiler you might be using. You are punished swiftly for obvious errors. You are punished more subtly for the less obvious ones.
creativity  programming  writing  forsnd 
may 2012 by tysone
via Frank : Good art is a kind of magic. It does magical...
"Good art is a kind of magic. It does magical things for both artist and audience. We can have long polysyllabic arguments about how to describe the way this magic works, but the plain fact is that good art is magical and precious and cool. It’s hard to try and make good art, and it seems to me wholly reasonable that good artists should be concerned with their work’s cultural reception." — David Foster Wallace
quotes  creativity  writing  davidfosterwallace  from delicious
september 2011 by tysone
Please Stop Calling Gadgets Sexy
Dear technology journalists of the world: You know how you called that gadget you just reviewed sexy? Tell me, do you intend to fuck it, or do you simply plan to shove it up your ass?
technology  writing  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard ...
We’re unlocking the world of scholarly research for journalists. With many of the nation’s leading journalism educators, we are part of a movement striving to realize a vision of a deeper profession.
journalism  writing  research  from delicious
july 2011 by tysone
The Most Emailed 'New York Times' Article Ever | The Awl
On a once-gritty block in Canarsie, Smythe is opening what she says will be New York’s first coffeehouse inspired by Yiddish musicals.
nytimes  writing  favorite  from delicious
january 2011 by tysone
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is... - Bobulate
"Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule." —Stephen King
quotes  writing  language 
october 2010 by tysone
Poynter Online - Top Stories
Longtime feature writer Hank Stuever, now a TV critic at The Washington Post, has a list of 13 questions he often asks himself when determining whether he has spent enough time with a source. He shared these questions during his recent keynote speech at the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors conference at Poynter. Here they are
writing  washingtonpost  advice 
october 2010 by tysone
Writing words vs. writing software - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)
I was reading some quotes the other day about the importance of rewriting and it occurred to me how much these ideas apply to writing software too.
writing  software  development 
august 2010 by tysone
YouTube - Kurt Vonnegut - How To Get A Job Like Mine
"Don't use semicolons. They stand for absolutely nothing. They are transvestite hermaphrodites. They are just a way of showing off. To show that you have been to college."
vonnegut  writing  advice  language 
august 2010 by tysone
Six classic magazine stories reimagined for the digital age
What would some of the best magazine stories of all time look like if they were written today?
forsnd  magazines  writing  seo 
july 2010 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Infrequently Asked Questions of FAQs
So I have questions about FAQs: Do they really work, or are they just a snake oil remedy for poor content? What does it mean when I can’t find my question in the FAQ? What do I do when the FAQ fails?
faq  usability  writing 
march 2010 by tysone
Editor in Chief « Tonsil: Hank Stuever's Blog
A photo like this is thrilling, gratifying and also terribly frightening to anyone who delivers his or her own writing to an editor. (Or a group of editors.) I wonder how this picture makes other people feel. I see it and feel a swelling of pride — not in the president so much as in the hard work that goes into good writing.
obama  speech  writing 
march 2010 by tysone
Research tools: information in depth | The Economist | Economist.com
"Important: if something is important, say why and to whom. Use sparingly."
economist  style_guide  writing 
january 2010 by tysone
Rands In Repose: A Creative Soundtrack
"Old writing is like an old girlfriend: the memory is better than the reality."
writing  creativity 
december 2009 by tysone
kung fu grippe : Making the Clackity Noise
Now I want to follow this person or star this person or favr this person or whatever the fuck au courant verb box I need to mash on in order to see more things like that. ... Yep. Little stories are the internet’s native and ideal art form.
writing  creativity  merlinmann  storytelling  internet 
december 2009 by tysone
"Because, in the end, no one will ever give a shit who has kept shit 'real' except the two or three people, sitting in their apartments, bitter and self-devouring, who take it upon themselves to wonder about such things. The keeping real of shit matters to some people, but it does not matter to me. It's fashion, and I don't like fashion, because fashion does not matter. What matters is that you do good work. What matters is that you produce things that are true and will stand."
manifesto  dave_eggers  literature  culture  writing 
november 2009 by tysone
Welcome - Ommwriter
A wise man once said "We are all at the mercy of our wild monkey minds. Incessantly swinging from branch to branch.” With multiple windows and applications all vying for our attention, we have sadly adapted our working habits to that of the computer and not the other way around.
quotes  writing  software  productivity 
november 2009 by tysone
Cormac McCarthy on The Road - WSJ.com
"I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing."
cormac_mccarthy  literature  writing  process  wsj  inspiration 
november 2009 by tysone
kung fu grippe : Writing and Rejection.
Readers and editors are not your Mom. And they’re not your Junior Comp. teacher. And they’re not your fairy godmother. ... Write for yourself, get good, and be a grownup. That’s step zero.
editing  writing 
october 2009 by tysone
kung fu grippe : Alternatively.
"Seriously, I don’t understand writers who get all butt-hurt about rejections. It’s like yelling at rain or gravity. It just is. It’s not your fucking allowance, guys. It’s business. Keep writing, keep submitting, paper your walls, and cowboy up forever. The only person who owes you anything is you. Maybe. If you’re lucky."
truth  writing  editing 
october 2009 by tysone
Paul Constant Reviews Twitter - Features - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper
John Mayer recently called Twitter "silly and dumb." (But John Mayer is ignoring the fact that John Mayer is silly and dumb, a shar-pei of a human celebrated for a novelty song from 2001.)
twitter  writing  journalism  culture 
july 2009 by tysone
Stuart Jeffries on the revival of the exclamation mark | Books | The Guardian
"Once it was bad form to end a paragraph with an exclamation mark. Now it's borderline obligatory."
style  punctuation  language  writing 
may 2009 by tysone
ENG 371WR: Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era
As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age ....
hilarious  literature  writing  mcsweeneys 
april 2009 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Obsession Times Voice
"There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium are new, but the craft is ancient. Obsession times voice is a pretty good stab at a simple formula for doing it right."
writing  inspiration  brilliant  blogs  publishing  economics 
april 2009 by tysone
On advertising / from a working library
So, let’s stop pretending, shall we? Any economy which charges ever less for ever more intrusive ads will eventually be successful not in creating wealth but in driving the readers away, until the only ones left to heed the ads are all the other ads, the cell phones searching in vain for a target market among the cellulite. Wasn’t the web supposed to be better than this? Wasn’t there a promise that we could generate money and meaning, not merely the former? I’m still looking; but when I find it I will part with every penny I have.
design  writing  advertising  reading 
march 2009 by tysone
#122 Moleskine Notebooks « Stuff White People Like
In fact, it’s a good rule of thumb to know that white people like anything that old writers and artists liked: typewriters, journals, suicide, heroin, and trains are just a few examples.
writing  hilarious  culture  moleskin 
february 2009 by tysone
Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the same glorious problem: the delirious world of information and communication and community that lurks behind your screen, one alt-tab away from your word-processor.
writing  process  productivity 
january 2009 by tysone
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: The Elements of Spam.
With apologies to Strunk and White... "1. Form the possessive of nouns by adding 's, just an apostrophe, just an s, a semicolon, a w, an ampersand, a 9, or anything."
writing  hilarious  mcsweeneys  technology  spam 
january 2009 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: The Discipline of Content Strategy
Do you think it’s a coincidence, then, that web content is, for the most part, crap? Dealing with content is messy. It’s complicated, it’s painful, and it’s expensive. And yet, the web is content. Content is the web. It deserves our time and attention. ... David Campbell, the founder of Saks Fifth Avenue, said, “Discipline is remembering what you want.”
webdesign  usability  writing  content  strategy  quotes  discipline 
december 2008 by tysone
TV Writing - Pilot School
Read how it all started - premiere episodes here
tv  plots  writing  screenwriting  scripts 
december 2008 by tysone
As the countdown to the Obama rapture accelerates, the press corps battles its performance anxiety. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
Reporters do their least self-conscious work when they're startled by a story they hadn't prepared to write. But giving a reporter (or a pundit) too much time to think about a historic event such as VE Day, the moon landing, the fall of Communism, or the release of Nelson Mandela is like entering him into a grandiosity competition to see who can squeeze the most poetry out of his keyboard. Suddenly, everybody with a notepad and a word processor thinks he's Norman Mailer.
politics  obama  journalism  media  writing 
october 2008 by tysone
Write In My Journal
I simply ask people to write in my journal. What they write is up to them.
writing  culture  storytelling  aggregation 
october 2008 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Memoranda
Apple and Microsoft, as ever, offer a study in contrasts. Take, for example, two recent company-wide memos from CEOs Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer.
writing  stevejobs  microsoft  leadership 
august 2008 by tysone
Read Giles Coren's letter to Times subs | Media | guardian.co.uk
awesome writer's rant: "There is no length issue. This is someone thinking 'I'll just remove this indefinite article because Coren is an illiterate cunt and i know best'. Well, you fucking don't."
writing  newspapers  language  guardian 
july 2008 by tysone
Features : Radar Online : Mapping the origins of America's favorite insult
What do Tucker Carlson, Vanilla Ice, and that guy who just ordered grape-flavored vodka with sugar-free Red Bull have in common? ... There is only one way to describe them. They are douchebags.
writing  language  etymology 
july 2008 by tysone
How to Write With Style by Kurt Vonnegut
The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.
advice  creativity  fiction  writing  vonnegut 
july 2008 by tysone
How Is the Internet Changing Literary Style? -- Steamboats Are Ruining Everything
The internet is always saying, "Heyyy." It is always welcoming you to the party; patting you on the back to congratulate you for showing up. It says, You know me, in a collusive tone of voice, and Wanna hear something funny? and Didja see who else is here
brilliant  literature  communication  fiction  writing 
june 2008 by tysone
On writing more betterer ~ Authentic Boredom
“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over,” wrote Ernest Hemingway in Death in the Afternoon.
writing  quotes 
june 2008 by tysone
CJR: Lost Media, Found Media
Right now, journalism is more or less divided into two camps, which I will call Lost Media and Found Media.
journalism  writing  newspapers 
may 2008 by tysone
Writers Vs. Editors: A Battle for the Ages - TIME
two very different groups of people are responsible for the words that fill the world's magazines and newspapers. There are the writers, who produce the prose, and the editors, who do their best to wreck it.
kinsley  editing  journalism  writing 
may 2008 by tysone

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