SUMMARY: Ed Wilson talks about writing dialogue
“Say, can you tell me some of the cool things you like to do when writing,” she asked.
I thought about my answer before committing, “I like to write dialogue.”
“Yes, I can see that. Umm, but you know … I am not sure that my, uh you know, dialog actually sounds, like, uh, you know, how uh, people, ummm, actually talk. Know what I mean?”
SUMMARY: Ed Wilson talks about the importance of setting in writing
So, there is an old joke that goes something along the lines of what eats shoots and leaves? Well, what is the context? If the context, that is the setting, is in the old west, then the answer may be a cowboy (or a cowgirl). He (or she) walks into a bar, eats, shoots up the place, and leaves the bar.
SUMMARY: Ed Wilson talks about replacing weak words with strong words to create powerful writing
One of my favorite books on writing is Stunk and White’s The Elements of Style. I own several copies of this little book, and I read it at least twice a year. One of the edicts in the book is “Omit needless words.” That is great advice, unless of course you happen to be writing for some how-to website that pays by the word. But interestingly enough, those sorts of sites (that I have nearly completely quit reading because the writing is so poor) stand in great contrast to those who groom their writing liking an anal-retentive gardener removing weeds.