Ed Driscoll

Write It Right

While few in the New York Times would admit it, one of the great joys of blogging has been how many non-professional writers its given voice to. For those who wish to bone-up on their chops however, John Scalzi’s “Whatever: Writing Tips for Non-Writers Who Don’t Want to Work at Writing” is really well-worth reading (just to keep the alliteration flowing).

Like Scalzi himself, I have a tendency to violate rule #2 all the time–when I’m just letting it flow somewhat subconsciously, my writing frequently seems to follow the rule, the more nested parentheticals in a single sentence, the better.

But as with music, the better you know what the rules are, the better you can break them–if you know what you’re doing in the first place.