700 easy lessons

It seems as though everyone is linking to this wonderful essay by Richard Bausch in The Atlantic about so-called writing manuals. Thus you may have already seen it, but it bears re-emphasis.

I’ve asserted (most recently here) that many (and probably most) creative writing manuals, websites, and classes are no more than snake oil, peddled to the eager and the gullible. I, of course, am whistling in the dark, but when The Atlantic takes note of the theme, I feel as though I am at least on the right track.

Regardless, read the essay. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll nod your head in agreement. You’ll shake your head in disgust.

And then get back to reading good writing and writing yourself.

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One Comment on “700 easy lessons”

  1. Beth Says:

    β€œIt read as though it had been composed by one of those electronic calculators. An adding machine.”
    This line reminds me of the Roald Dahl story “The Great Automatic Grammitisator.”

    Thank you for posting the link–I enjoyed the article. It gave me quite a bit to think about (and laugh that I am one of those undergrads who wrote a zombie story). πŸ™‚


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