What three qualities make a good writer?
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What’s terrible and lovely about being a writer is simply that you have to spend more time reading than writing. This seems unproductive to outsiders. If you are a journalist, this is doubly hard. You have to read so that you can write, and you have to read all the damn news so that you have context for what’s going on. So you have a double workload. The upside is that you get to read lots and not feel too bad about the time you are investing. So that’s one.
Two would be spending as much time as you can with interesting people. In person, if you can manage it. They will teach you new words, phrases, jokes, references, and so forth that are ammunition for your writing. No one is interesting in a vacuum. And thirdly, the normal response: You have to write every day. No exceptions.
— Alex Wilhelm, Editor in Chief @Mattermark (Previously TechCrunch)
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What is your writing practice?
I write on planes. I use OmmWriter on my Mac, and when I really need to focus, I buy a plane ticket. Honestly. I wrote Zombie Loyalists on a round trip flight to Tokyo and back. I didn’t even go into Tokyo. I flew from EWR-NRT, wrote chapters 1–5. Landed. Got off the plane, went to the lounge, took a shower, ate some food, got back on the same plane, same seat, two hours later, flew from NRT to EWR, and wrote chapters 6–10. 🙂 It works for me.
— Peter Shankman, Best-Selling Author and Founder of HARO
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