I won’t lie: I wasn’t excited about reading this. Writing books about writing is hard to accomplish in and of itself; it’s a whole other ballpark to make it enjoyable to read. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was not only well-written, but interesting, and provided its information in concise language. Within twenty-some-odd pages, I had not only been given excellent information, but I absorbed it all.
The theme of this reading was “keeping things simple,” which is a task writers like myself often struggle with. As a journalist, my job is to give people all the information they need. As a creative writer, my job is to take the reader to the places I’m discussing. In theory, these two things work well together: the ability to communicate a news story and the ability to make the story “colorful”, as Knight describes in “Some Basic Guidelines for Developing Writing Skills.” Unfortunately, they often get the better of me.
In an attempt to give a reader all the information they need while also telling an engaging and visual story, I write too much. This is usually fixed by a lot of editing, both by myself and by my fellow editors. Though I’m improving, this chapter gave me several guidelines that will benefit me in writing my next piece.
I was deeply disturbed by the lack of the Oxford comma throughout the chapter.