What makes someone a good writer?

Robin Macauley, Arthur Koestler, and Flannery O'Connor, 9 October 1947 (courtesy Robie MacCauley)

Robin Macauley, Arthur Koestler, and Flannery O’Connor, 9 October 1947 (courtesy Robie MacCauley)

What makes someone a good writer or what makes writing good?

To begin to understand what makes writing, and writers, “good,” we need to ask the larger question “What is writing?”

It’s easy to agree on the definition of writing if we limit it to something like “putting pen to paper” or “typing ideas into a computer.”

But if we look more closely at the elements of the act of writing, the definition comes to life. (more…)

Why do news websites turn their customers away?

Why do news websites turn customers away?

Man reading Las Ultimas Notices (photo by Diego Grez)

These days businesses can focus so much on the trees that they forget the forest.

Take the newspaper business, which has been on a death spiral for at least 20 years.

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How to avoid buying into spammy blogs?

How to avoid buying into spammy blogs?

Nothing beats great content. A good writer could get 500 words out of this photograph alone!

I was cruising the Twittersphere recently when I discovered a story on a website called DreamGrow entitled “How to Choose a Content Writer.”

Now, choosing (and providing) content writers is something I happen to know a lot about. So I thought I’d compare notes. I’m so glad I did.

“How to Choose a Content Writer” starts off with all the usual gusto — explaining that you need a writer who’s “engaging, educational and entertaining,” and so forth. Stuff no one can disagree with. (Unless one prefers the serial comma, but I digress.) (more…)

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