Writing Tip of the Day 2-19-18 (Cory Doctorow)

Posted: February 18, 2018 in Writing
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Cory Doctorow

“Don’t research. Researching isn’t writing and vice-versa. When you come to a factual matter that you could google in a matter of seconds, don’t. Don’t give in and look up the length of the Brooklyn Bridge, the population of Rhode Island, or the distance to the Sun. That way lies distraction — an endless click-trance that will turn your 20 minutes of composing into a half-day’s idyll through the web. Instead, do what journalists do: type ‘TK’ where your fact should go, as in ‘The Brooklyn bridge, all TK feet of it, sailed into the air like a kite.’ ‘TK’ appears in very few English words . . . so a quick search through your document for ‘TK’ will tell you whether you have any fact-checking to do afterwards.”

— “Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

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