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The big rule that I was taught in minimalism is that you have got 7-10 minutes to read your story, and in that 7-10 minutes you have got to make people laugh—that’s most important.

You have got to make them feel something, some sympathetic physical reaction. Disease does that, illness does that, violence does that, sex does that.

And third, and most important is you have got to break their heart at the end. When they’re laughing the hardest or when they are feeling the sickest, you have got to break their heart. It’s talking about the things we cannot talk about that is so incredibly powerful. It gives people freedom not just to talk about those, but to laugh about those things. And that, my god, we don’t need anything beyond that.

Chuck Palahniuk on NPR
Real letters are awesome.
newsweek:

How could we not open this letter to the editor?! The first paragraph, taken by itself (and typed out on a typewriter nonetheless), is quite the gem:

Dear Sir,
Before I start this letter to you I just want to say that I don’t have a way to tweet, Dot Com, or e-mailed. Everyone worries about the US Postal service, all they have to do is write a letter and put a .44 cent stamp on it and it’ll get to your mailbox. And you know, it’s kind of nice to go every day to that box and find a letter in it from a friend or a magazine from Newsweek or US World or Time. 
Anyway, I hope you will see fit to read it but I doubt that you will.

Not only did we read your letter, kind sir, but in a few days you’ll have one of your own in your mailbox, sent from your friends at Newsweek. We agree. It is kinda nice to get mail.

Real letters are awesome.

newsweek:

How could we not open this letter to the editor?! The first paragraph, taken by itself (and typed out on a typewriter nonetheless), is quite the gem:

Dear Sir,

Before I start this letter to you I just want to say that I don’t have a way to tweet, Dot Com, or e-mailed. Everyone worries about the US Postal service, all they have to do is write a letter and put a .44 cent stamp on it and it’ll get to your mailbox. And you know, it’s kind of nice to go every day to that box and find a letter in it from a friend or a magazine from Newsweek or US World or Time

Anyway, I hope you will see fit to read it but I doubt that you will.

Not only did we read your letter, kind sir, but in a few days you’ll have one of your own in your mailbox, sent from your friends at Newsweek. We agree. It is kinda nice to get mail.

braiker:

Good list. There’s lots to add, too. For example:
To be sure …
At the end of the day …
Comprised of …
Quipped
… on the ground
Grow a business
Impact (as a verb)
Impacted
Impactful
(I could go on.)
taylorlorenz:

Hugo Lindgren finds a list of words Kurt Andersen banned when editor of New York magazine.
I might have to take issue with comfort food. 

braiker:

Good list. There’s lots to add, too. For example:

To be sure …

At the end of the day …

Comprised of …

Quipped

… on the ground

Grow a business

Impact (as a verb)

Impacted

Impactful

(I could go on.)

taylorlorenz:

Hugo Lindgren finds a list of words Kurt Andersen banned when editor of New York magazine.

I might have to take issue with comfort food. 

I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Stephen King
I like ‘pencil-necked weasel’. It has ‘pencil’ in it. Pencils are good things. You can draw or write things with pencils.
Neil Gaiman, on being called a “pencil-necked weasel” (via austinkleon)

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For the love of all things holy…

ohhellothereyou:

It is PIQUE. Pique. My profile did not “pick” your interest. It also did not “peak” your interest, or “peek” it.

GAH!

Bad grammar and spelling will kill your chances at getting a good date.

beatsnrants:

Author Zadie Smith’s Rules for Writers

1) When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
2) When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
3) Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
4) Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.
5) Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
6) Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
7) Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.
8) Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
9) Don’t confuse honours with achievement.
10) Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

beatsnrants:

Author Zadie Smith’s Rules for Writers

1) When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.

2) When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.

3) Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.

4) Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.

5) Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.

6) Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.

7) Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.

8) Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.

9) Don’t confuse honours with achievement.

10) Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.


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