Summary of “Don’t press send The new rules for good writing in the 21st century”

I’ve been let off parking tickets by writing politely and apologetically to the council to explain the circumstances.
In London Fields, Martin Amis offered the best postcard-writing advice I’ve ever read: “The letter with the foreign postmark that tells of good weather, pleasant food and comfortable accommodation,” he warned, “Isn’t nearly as much fun to read, or to write, as the letter that tells of rotting chalets, dysentery and drizzle. Who else but Tolstoy has made happiness really swing on the page?”.
There is little that paralyses the average person more than writing a letter of condolence.
So digital writing is about getting and retaining attention.
A lot of style guides, with good reason, tell their readers to write Plain English.
Whatever you call it, the basic style for non-literary writing wants to put clarity, which usually means simplicity, first.
If you’re not writing “Little Gidding”, do it the other way.
The formally learned skills of reading and writing come from the informally learned skills of speaking and hearing.

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Summary of “What Hollywood Screenwriters Are Learning From Peak TV”

Hollywood film writers Рalong with everyone else Рhave noticed a simultaneous boom in Peak TV. Which means that, for Hollywood screenwriters, even as ­studio slates shrink and become more attuned to event blockbusters, opportunity on the small screen abounds.
There are ­lessons that Hollywood movie studios Рand screenwriters Рare learning from the rise of Peak TV. For starters: Sometimes writers work better in teams.
“Sometimes, you’re generating three movies and two TV series per property.” Many screenwriters actually enjoy these round-table sessions.
“Judd started on Freaks and Geeks, and his movies are made in a similar way – he treats each movie like a giant episode of television.” Max Borenstein, who’s written Godzilla movies, is ambivalent.
Another lesson Hollywood writers are taking from TV: As long as you get your story on a screen, don’t worry too much about what kind of screen it is.
Just as early Netflix series like House of Cards sparked a debate – “But is it really TV?” – that seems ludicrous in hindsight, screenwriters are learning that a movie is a movie, even if it premieres on a hard drive.
“If everyone’s writing TV specs, it becomes a supply-and-demand issue: Zig when everyone else is zagging. Write a movie. Streaming services are looking for them.” All over Hollywood, top-notch screenwriters who have spent their careers writing screenplays that never get produced are dusting off old scripts to see if they might work in this new ecosystem – if not as studio films, then as streaming originals.
She pulled images from ’90s studio hits The Best Man and Love Jones but says “There was nothing from the last decade.” She realized that “If you’re trying to make a black love story in the studio system, all of the black movie stars are over 40,” because Hollywood stopped making young black romances.

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Summary of “My 150 Writing Mentors and Me”

The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.
“And that’s okay.” The vast majority of writers I speak to seem to understand this: Writing usually means writing badly.
Re Dubus III begins every writing session by reading poetry, listening to music, and typing out the previous day’s handwritten work.
I don’t go up against my writing and come out bloody-knuckled.
Writing a first draft, you can become paralyzed by these thoughts.
In the meantime, I’ve built my life around the daily ritual of my morning writing.
On days the writing itself seems flawed, unworthy-most days-I sometimes start to wonder if the sacrifices have been worth it.
That’s just how writing a novel, like any worthwhile task, is always going to feel: like a receding horizon, with brief glimpses of the shore.

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Summary of “Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Making of a Public Intellectual”

In the beginning of September, about a month before his book was to be published, Mr. Coates gave a preliminary reading at BLVD Bistro, a soul-food restaurant in Harlem tucked into the ground floor of a brownstone that preserves old-school features like brick walls and a tin ceiling.
Mr. Coates answered that his own father had been part of the Black Panther Party and had later become disillusioned with mass politics.
When “Between the World and Me” was published, Dr. West took issue with Ms. Morrison’s comparison of Mr. Coates to Baldwin and expressed as much in a Facebook post, writing that, unlike Mr. Coates, “Baldwin’s painful self-examination led to collective action and a focus on social movements.” In his view, Mr. Coates’s inattention to the Black Lives Matter movement and political activists in “Between the World and Me” “Shows a certain distance” from his subject matter.
Mr. Coates counters that he hopes he writes “Things that clarify stuff for people that go to those marches, that clarify things that inspire people who go and think about policy. I necessarily need a little bit of distance.”
It’s a position that Mr. Coates has seriously considered, but he said that the book focused on black male life because “It was the story I had.” He’d been mulling for years over the death of his friend, Prince Jones, a black man, and the decision to address the book to his son necessarily skewed its perspective.
In 2015, just before “Between the World and Me” was published and became a sensation, Mr. Coates and his family moved to Paris.
As to what he plans to do next, Mr. Coates mentions his continued collaboration with Marvel Comics on the Black Panther comic book series, which “Satisfies the kid in me” and is “The place where I can go to do something that sort of feels private again.” He was tapped to write a screenplay called “Wrong Answer,” which will be directed by Ryan Coogler and is based on the standardized test cheating scandal that occurred in Atlanta public schools from 2005 to 2012.He is also working on a novel, due by the end of the year.
An article on Sept. 30 about the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates misidentified an audience member who asked him a question at an event in Harlem.

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Summary of “By Heart: Celeste Ng on What Writers Can Learn From ‘Goodnight Moon'”

Celeste Ng’s books feature the hallmarks of classic mystery novels-a crime to be solved, a roster of suspects, chilling details that aren’t quite what they seem.
Ultimately, the book’s structure helps illuminate Ng’s own creative process, the way she uses a central narrative enigma-a drowning, a fire-as an opportunity to uncover her characters’ hidden desires and secret histories.
Like most babies, he was not a good sleeper by disposition-but reading seemed to help, and this book specifically became part of his whole wind-down ritual.
The picture of a rabbit fishing with a carrot for a baby rabbit comes out of another of her books, The Runaway Bunny-which is itself on the bookshelf pictured here.
It’s not one of those baby ABC books that simply lists a bunch of isolated images.
In my first book, Everything I Never Told You, I noticed that eggs kept coming up.
One of the most fun things for me, as a writer, is when readers ask questions like: “Oh, I noticed that you have a lot of water and baptism imagery in your book. Did you do that on purpose?” Usually, the answer is that I didn’t do it on purpose at the beginning-but then once I realized I was doing it, I tried to use that to make an artistic point.
The book is better off without those details spelled out so explicitly.

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Summary of “The Mind of John McPhee”

During a semester when he teaches, McPhee does no writing at all.
McPhee refers to it as “a portrait of the writer at work.” It is a print in the style of Hieronymus Bosch of sinners, in the afterlife, being elaborately tortured in the nude – a woman with a sword in her back, a small crowd sitting in a vat of liquid pouring out of a giant nose, someone riding a platypus.
David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, where McPhee has been a staff writer for more than 50 years, took McPhee’s class in 1981.
John McPhee lives, and has almost always lived, in Princeton.
“The Patch” will gather fragments of the old work, arranged by McPhee into a pattern that pleases him, out of order, like patches in a quilt.
The title piece of “The Patch” is a short essay that McPhee wrote about the death of his father.
In the grand cosmology of John McPhee, all the earth’s facts touch one another – all its regions, creatures and eras.
As I prepared to leave Princeton, I stacked my John McPhee books on the passenger seat of my car, and there were so many of them that the car thought it was a person and frantically beeped at me to buckle the seatbelt.

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Summary of “Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: The Boss on His ‘First Real Job'”

Though I don’t know if I’d be doing this without the experience of doing them.
It happens every time we go to do a tour, you know?
The guys I know who tried it really gave a good shot at it.
It’s one of the nicest feelings in the world for a songwriter because you know what it is to be without that appetite.
Just for your kids – your kids really don’t know much about your life, you know? We had our kids late, I was 40 when our first son was born, and they showed a healthy disinterest in our work over all the years.
As I say in the book, I know a lot of kids who wouldn’t mind seeing 50,000 people boo their parents.
I don’t know how many would want to see those people cheer their parents.
I’m not using my voice – you know, you’re not screaming.

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Summary of “Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm”

It’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what makes a bestseller? Attempting to write one could certainly pay off – the highest-paid author in the world, JK Rowling, has made $95m in the past year, and the 10 highest-paid authors in the world earned more than $310m between them, according to Forbes.
Even bestselling authors such as James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Stieg Larsson had manuscripts rejected multiple times, while self-publishing sensations like Fifty Shades of Grey took the book industry by surprise.
If you want to write a bestseller you have to hit the sweet spot on character, plot, style and theme.
With some authors, such as Rowling, Patterson or EL James of Fifty Shades fame, the algorithm was more than 90% certain their manuscripts would be bestsellers.
Luckily for would-be authors, she and Jockers decided to share what they gleaned from their algorithm in their 2016 book The Bestseller Code.
If you want to write a bestseller it will help to get the combination of these features right, says Archer.
“If you set out to write a novel to make money, you’ll never do it. You have to write the book inside you.”
Muchamore is equally sceptical about whether an algorithm can produce a bestselling novel.

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Summary of “Writing In A Journal Has Helped Me Create My Future And Achieve My Goals.”

Writing in my journal every single day is the glue that holds everything else together.
During these disconnected days, you could spend a good amount of time thinking, relaxing, learning, and then writing in your journal.
It’s good to have your phone with you, but only to act upon insights you get while writing in your journal, while listening/reading a book, or while pondering/reflecting.
Recently while writing in my journal, I got the insight to send flowers to some people who have recently helped me.
There is one thing I believe to be the most essential in the morning: writing in your journal.
Writing in your journal is more powerful than simple meditation for the same reason that writing your goals down is more powerful than leaving them in your head. Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to make your journaling session more effective.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is essential for training your subconscious mind to achieve your goals.
As it relates to my own writing, I can spend a few minutes sketching articles ideas in my journal, which then makes writing an actual article 100X faster and easier.

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Summary of “How I Use My Journal To Create My Future and Achieve My Goals”

Giving yourself some time to pray and meditate just before you write in your journal puts you in an elevated mental state to write from.
It’s good to have your phone with you, but only to act upon insights you get while writing in your journal, while listening/reading a book, or while pondering/reflecting.
There is one thing I believe to be the most essential in the morning: writing in your journal.
Writing in your journal is more powerful than simple meditation for the same reason that writing your goals down is more powerful than leaving them in your head.Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to make your journaling session more effective.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is essential for training your subconscious mind to achieve your goals.
When you write your goals and dreams down first thing every morning, you deepen your own sense of belief and desire in your goals.
Another thing you can do in your morning journal session is write about the ideas you have.
You then write down all the ideas, thoughts, plans, and strategies that come to your mind about what you need to do in order to achieve those goals.

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