Steinbeck’s 6 Writing Tips and Clarity Vs. Impact

Steinbeck’s 6 Writing Tips

“#1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.”


Read the other 5 here.

Godin on Clarity Vs. Impact:

“Sometimes you can have both, sure, but often, being crystal clear about categorization, topic sentences and the deliverable get in the way of actually making an impact.

If you can make change with a memo containing three bullet points, then by all means, do so.

The rest of the time, you might have to sacrifice the easy ride of clarity for the dense fog of telling stories, using inferences, understanding worldviews and most of all, engaging in action, not outlining the details of a hypothetical interaction.

It turns out, humans don’t use explanations to make change happen. They change, and then try to explain it.”

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A Glimpse of Truth: “Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me – for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.” Charlotte Bronte, “Jane Eyre”

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  • Tim

    The second Steinbeck tip is the best. And who doesn’t love that punch line in Jane Eyre: “which I do not at all anticipate.” Ha, you’re not such hot stuff after all Rochester!