Entries in Writing Advice (3)
The other day, I posted a brilliant and inspiring screed from a guy who went by Double Down at the SportsJournalists.com forum. Today, I actually have some original thoughts to share. They’ll likely not sound as smart as Double Down, but I know they will at least be true, and I hope that counts for something.
And of course, whether you’re a writer or not, this concept applies to all of life.
Yesterday I read a something that I published three years ago. And I laughed. I thought my writing was so amazing back then. It was ... fine. But not amazing.
It was a nice reminder: however high I get on whatever success I feel like I'm having, there's always vast room for improvement. I think most passionate writers are plenty familiar with hubris, but it's healthy for me to remember that however proud I get of my work, there's always plenty of reason to be humble.
Re-reading an old thread at SportsJournalists.com, a forum where I spend a little time now and then. Stumbled back across this. Remembered two, three years ago when I first found SJ.com. This was one of the first threads I read. There is just heaps of good advice within. I printed out probably 10, 15 pages' worth of it, especially the stuff from Chris Jones (Esquire, Grantland.com) and Jeff MacGregor (ESPN The Magazine). Here's the link to the whole thing: Writing for mags like The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, etc ...
This particular post (after the jump) by an anonymous poster called Double Down jumped back out at me. Reminds me to keep striving, keep trying, keep just trying to get a little better. Because who knows what could happen. This is about writing, specifically sports journalism, but it can apply to all writers. And, for that matter, anybody, really: