The Fountain Outside My Window

So there is this fountain outside my office window, to my left as I sit and stare at this computer screen. One of the great joys of my life is listening to this fountain. Even when I’m not consciously listening to it, I hear its soothing sounds.

Its tranquility makes it easy to sit here and wait for a senior producer at Moody Broadcasting to call so that we can do an interview. We will talk about writing, why it’s important and what are some principles of writing well. I have my copy of Zinsser’s On Writing Well at the ready.

Here are my favorite lines on writing:

Good writing isn’t written; it’s rewritten.
Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! (Wait! I meant this: Simplify!)
Get out the clutter.
The difference between the exactly right word and the sort of right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
Don’t tell me the cat screamed–bring the cat out and let him scream.
Writing is hard.
Writers are those people who find that writing is especially hard for them.
Focus on the verbs.

About Carmen

I teach English at Shorter College in beautiful Rome, Georgia.
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