I really could not be more excited to be speaking at the upcoming BlogHer conference in New York.
And not just because it is a chance for me to tell a lot of other writers How to Do It, but because it also gives a whole new life to all of those posts I've written over the years that, in retrospect, seem to have no other purpose than as shining beacons of How Not to Do It. And that is really a cornerstone of good writing: Show, Don't Tell.
For example, I could tell you that one of the best bits of copy editing advice ever written is Rule 17: Omit Needless Words,* but think of how much more relevant that becomes after you read the word "really" for the third time in just three paragraphs. It is inspirational, really.
As if we needed another reason to love the English, there is nothing more satisfying than whipping a well-built collection of nouns and verbs into a piece of writing that does what you want it to do.
Looking forward to seeing many of you there.
*William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White: The Elements of Style
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