The Little Insects

It’s not that we are going buggy, but the past two weekend editions of the Wall Street Journal have had articles about “teams” and about writing.   Actually, as far as I know every weekend edition has a column about writing. Both articles referenced insects.

In any event, mouse over the image above and it will take you to an article entitled “An Engineer’s Blueprints for Writing” by Nick Arvin. He makes a good point about how he approaches writing especially when it comes to eliminating ambiguity. Writes Arvin:

“One of my writing teachers, the late, formidable Frank Conroy, described words as little insects that will crawl all over the page if you don’t pin them down. It takes only one confusing sentence to lose a reader’s trust forever, so the writer labors through revision after revision, pinning the words ever more precisely.”

Read the article. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction or blogs or in white papers, you may find some helpful points.

Comments welcomed!

About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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