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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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True Blood Storytelling Lesson 2: Dumbing Down

True Blood Storytelling Lesson 2: Dumbing Down | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Dumbing Down for Readers: a True Blood Cautionary Tale (check out part 1 of this series. And, spoilers below.) In True Blood, Season 7 episode 9, “To Love Is to Die,” there’s a sequence that describes the heartfelt... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/11/true-blood-storytelling-lesson-2-dumbing.html
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Books by Jim Heskett Are Now Live!

Books by Jim Heskett Are Now Live! | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
  Well, I did it, pulled the trigger on two projects I’ve been working on, and they’re now live in the Amazon store for your perusal. Let me take you on a journey of what we’ve got:   ABANDONED: Three Short Stories   ABANDONED tells three tales of people lost... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/11/books-jim-heskett-now-live.html
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6 Questions with Author Patricia Stoltey

6 Questions with Author Patricia Stoltey | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Tell us about your current book/project  Let’s see. Which one should I talk about? It’s hard to choose because I’m a master of unfinished projects. I guess I’ll go for the obvious. My standalone suspense ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/10/6-questions-author-patricia-stoltey.html
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6 Questions with Author Angeline Trevena

6 Questions with Author Angeline Trevena | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Tell us about your current book/project I’m currently writing an urban fantasy novel, which isn’t my usual genre, but I’m really enjoying it. I have a character in it that makes me want to vomit; I always find... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/10/6-questions-author-angeline-trevena.html
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6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Cara Lopez Lee, tell us about your current book/project.   I’m currently revising my historical novel. The working title is Tortillas from the Chung King Café, which many people love, but a couple of people who read excerpts ha... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/10/author-interview-cara-lopez-lee.html
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Book review: Gone Girl

Book review: Gone Girl | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post My homeboy Kurt Vonnegut, ever-aware of irony, started Mother Night by explaining the theme of the book: “I don’t always know the themes of my books, but I do know this one: you are who you pretend to be” (above paraphrased, because ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/10/book-review-gone-girl.html
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Exploring Melbourne by Train: So Much Crazy

Exploring Melbourne by Train: So Much Crazy | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Melbourne by Train and I’m so Jetlagged Today was only my second full day here, and the jetlag is still turning my brain into a mushy paste. Explored the city by train today, which was another new experience for me. Train station smells like pee. Not so much different from American public ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2009/05/melbun-by-train.html
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Eating Lots of Food in Mexico

Eating Lots of Food in Mexico | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Food in Mexico: I Am Here to Eat You I have been to Mexico several times in my life, but only taken pictures of the last visit, so get ready for some pictures, is what I’m trying to say. It’s a little different when you’re grown and not chugging beer bongs on Spring Break. My ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2008/12/mexico.html
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Album Review: Manchester Orchestra's HOPE

Album Review: Manchester Orchestra's HOPE | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Manchester Orchestra’s HOPE fixes COPE Manchester Orchestra released a sneak attack album recently, with no fanfare or publicity. HOPE is a stripped down remake re-imagining of their 2014 album COPE. And it’s beautiful, ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/09/manchester-orchestras-hope.html
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Nederland's Frozen Dead Guy Days: WTF

Nederland's Frozen Dead Guy Days: WTF | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Nederland’s Frozen Dead Guy Days. Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed… I won’t go into all the history of Frozen Dead Guy Days, you can read about it here. In Nederland, CO, they’ve got a festival, like so many small towns, that is the thing for all the locals to get excited... http://www.jimheskett.com/2011/03/frozen-dead-guy-days.html
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6 Questions With Author Richard Keller

6 Questions With Author Richard Keller | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Today, I’m interviewing Richard Keller, an author with very strong opinions on monkey union rights and mafia connections. Read on to find out just how strong. Tell us about your current book/project You mean my current... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/09/author-interview-richard-keller.html
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Good Enough, Smart Enough: The Self-Esteem Myth

Good Enough, Smart Enough: The Self-Esteem Myth | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
The Self-Esteem Myth & You: Good Enough, Smart Enough, and Lazy as Hell A few weeks ago, I read a post on Cracked.com about psychological myths that everyone believes. One of the myths is “Just believe in yourself, and you will succeed” For the tl;dr version, here is... http://www.jimheskett.com/2013/09/im-good-enough-smart-enough-and-lazy-as-hell.html
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Caffeine Junkies and Their Lame Jokes

Caffeine Junkies and Their Lame Jokes | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Caffeine Junkies in Corporate America If you work for a big company, you’re familiar with this scene:   Bob: Thanks, everybody, for joining the conference call today. Let’s get right into it. First up, we need to... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/09/caffeine-junkies.html
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6 Questions with Author Dawn Reno Langley

6 Questions with Author Dawn Reno Langley | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Tell us about your current book/project I’m currently working on several projects:  a novel called ‘Elephants for Danny’ about a female veterinarian who loses her son in a tragic school shooting and finds herself ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/11/6-questions-author-dawn-reno-langley.html
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True Blood Storytelling Lesson 1: Manufactured Conflict

True Blood Storytelling Lesson 1: Manufactured Conflict | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Manufactured Conflict in True Blood: What Not To Do Good conflict happens when two characters have diametrically-opposed wants in a particular scene or story. Mario wants to save the princess, but Bowser wants to burn him to death... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/11/true-blood-storytelling-lesson-1-manufactured-conflict.html
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My Synopsis Creation Method

My Synopsis Creation Method | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post A Synopsis Creation Method to take the sting out of this awful task No one likes writing a synopsis for a book-length manuscript. Taking your 500 page masterpiece and distilling it into 2 or 3 pages? Unthinkable! I’ve ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/10/synopsis-creation-method.html
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Two Roads Diverged: A Poem

Two Roads Diverged: A Poem | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Two Roads Diverged Two roads diverged in a gray concrete jungle Maze of back-alley uneven pavement Street workers lag, take long lunches Summer somedays spent at the jobsite   And sorry as I could not travel both Like a turn signal ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/10/two-roads-diverged-poem.html
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Australians Don't Know How to Dress for Winter

Australians Don't Know How to Dress for Winter | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
How to Dress for Winter: Aussies Have No Clue or so I am told by a guy I met here. makes sense. In the morning as I wait for the train, it’s cold. I’m in a hat and gloves, feeling the force of the chilly cold wet air, and there’s always some guy standing next to me wearing a... http://www.jimheskett.com/2009/06/australians-dont-know-how-to-dress-for-winter.html
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Dialing International Phone Numbers Makes 0 Sense

Dialing International Phone Numbers Makes 0 Sense | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
See what I did there? About Dialing International Phone Numbers Have now completed my first full week living in another country. It hardly seems like 7 days; it’s mostly been a whirl of stress and excitement and new experiences. some news: i’m on my own at work now, and it’s a... http://www.jimheskett.com/2009/05/and-so-it-goes.html
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14 Great Things about Colorado

14 Great Things about Colorado | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Great things about Colorado & Boulder: A list of what I’ll miss As I prepare to move from my Colorado to Australia, It’s hard to hard to leave so much behind. But, I must go forth and embark on an adventure of my destiny and blah blah blah. Here’s what I’ll be... http://www.jimheskett.com/2009/05/things-ill-miss-about-bouldercolorado.html
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6 Questions With Author Bex Aaron

6 Questions With Author Bex Aaron | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Listen to this Post Tell us about your current project. I’m working on book four of the Independence Day book series. What is that, you ask? A mystery novel series set in the middle of the 1960s, in a small town full of crazy people with lots of... http://www.jimheskett.com/2014/09/6-questions-author-bex-aaron.html
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Durian Taste Test Extreme Challenge!

Durian Taste Test Extreme Challenge! | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Durian Taste Test: So, So Gross Siewyee, my coworker, Singaporean tour guide/ambassador, took us to Bugis  market last night, to fulfill my mission of trying the Durian (aka ‘the stinky fruit’). Singaporeans call it ‘the king of all fruits‘, a delicacy. I don’t know ... http://www.jimheskett.com/2010/06/singapore-the-durian-taste-test.html
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A Year in Australia: A somber Retrospective

A Year in Australia: A somber Retrospective | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
My Year in Australia so, packing up the apartment, getting ready to hand in the keys, saying goodbyes at work. it’s been (a little more than) a year in Australia, and it’s been the most eventful year of my life, for sure. Make sure to check out my Things To Do In Australia list if... http://www.jimheskett.com/2010/06/and-we-bid-you-goodnight.html
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Flaming Lips The Terror Sucks So Bad

Flaming Lips The Terror Sucks So Bad | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
I hate to tell you, but Flaming Lips’ The Terror Sucks Dear Wayne Coyne et all, You’ve lost your damn mind. You used to be so cool. I used to feel a kinship with you, both of us being from Oklahoma, and all. I even saw you play a show when I lived in Australia. With your newest a... http://www.jimheskett.com/2013/04/music-review-flaming-lips-the-terror-sucks-so-bad.html
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Schizophrenic Eminem? The Marshall Mathers LP2

Schizophrenic Eminem? The Marshall Mathers LP2 | Jim Heskett | Scoop.it
Scizophrenic Eminem releases a beast of an album This year, we’ve seen the release of two other albums by rap heavyweights Jay-Z (which I found to be underwhelming) and Kanye West (which I was pained to admit was genius). Now Eminem releases a sequel to the Marshall Mathers LP (albums have... http://www.jimheskett.com/2013/11/music-review-eminem-the-marshall-mathers-lp2.html
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