Saturday, March 01, 2008

Today's writing tip

Take a stick in one hand and a beer in the other. Whenever you feel the urge to write a lede like this:

It's no use crying over spilt milk, the old saying goes.

... hit yourself on the head with the stick and have a sip of the beer. Repeat as necessary until the urge goes away.

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Blogger Frolic said...

I heard an even better lead on the Today show last week. It was more or less, "Yesterday couple X felt like they won the lottery, and that's because they did."

12:39 PM, March 01, 2008  
Anonymous rayb said...

What you got in a case like that is lack of intellectual consideration of the output. Sted looking for the "mot juste," the writer taps out "just a mot." That's after finding something tangentially related in Bartlett's or Google or something else easy without considering what the "brightly written phrase" related to.

10:09 AM, March 02, 2008  

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