10 Writing Tips from the Masters

As the world becomes increasingly digital, writing becomes more important. This is especially true for non-writers. If you work in an office, the majority of your communications are made with text by email or IM. Whether you like it or not, your ability to exchange ideas, collaborate with others, and ultimately succeed, hinges on the ability to write effectively.

Here are 10 timeless tips to help you improve style and substance, straight from the pens of humanity’s finest authors.

1. Cut the boring parts

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard

Unless you’re writing for personal reasons alone, you need to consider the attention of your readers. There’s no point is publishing content that isn’t useful, interesting, or both.

2. Eliminate unnecessary words

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain

I used to feel that using words like “really”, “actually”, or “extremely” made writing more forceful. It doesn’t. They only get in the way. Cut them and never look back.

3. Write with passion

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

It’s not hard to realize that unless you’re excited about your writing no one else will be.

4. Paint a picture

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov

Simply stating something is fine, but when you need to capture attention, using similes, metaphors, and vivid imagery to paint a picture creates a powerful emotional response.

5. Keep it simple

Vigorous writing is concise. ~William Strunk Jr.

Maybe it was all those late nights, struggling to fill out mandatory 10 page papers, but many people seem to think that worthwhile writing is long and drawn out. It’s more difficult (and effective) to express yourself in the simplest possible manner.

6. Do it for love

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay. ~Mark Twain

When you’re just starting out it’s hard to decide where to begin. So don’t. Just start writing. A blog is a good place to start. The most valuable benefit is the feedback.

7. Learn to thrive on criticism

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. ~Ray Bradbury

Writing means putting yourself at the mercy of anonymous hecklers and shameless sycophants. Learn to make the most of the insults and distrust the praise.

8. Write all the time

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. ~Ray BradburyThe way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. ~John Irving

9. Write what you know … or what you want to know

If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul. ~Johann Wolfgang von GoetheLearn as much by writing as by reading. ~Lord Acton

Successful writing is all about trust and authority. It makes sense to write about your area of expertise. If you don’t have an expertise, reading and writing is the best way to develop one and put it on display.

10. Be unique and unpredictable

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G.K. ChestertonConsistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. ~Oscar WildeZest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto. ~Ray Bradbury

Following what works will only get you so far. Experiment with new styles, even if it means taking criticism. Without moving forward, you’ll be left behind.

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What is The Freedom Ship?

Envision an ideal place to live or run a business, a friendly, safe and secure community with large areas of open space and extensive entertainment and recreational facilities. Finally, picture this community continually moving around the world. You are beginning to understand the Freedom Ship concept of a massive ocean-going vessel. With a design length of 4,500 feet, a width of 750 feet, and a height of 350 feet, Freedom Ship would be more than 4 times longer than the Queen Mary. The design concepts include a mobile modern city featuring luxurious living, an extensive duty-free international shopping mall, and a full 1.7 million square foot floor set aside for various companies to showcase their products.

Freedom Ship would not be a cruise ship, it is proposed to be a unique place to live, work, retire, vacation, or visit. The proposed voyage would continuously circle the globe, covering most of the world’s coastal regions.

Its large fleet of commuter aircraft and hydrofoils would ferry residents and visitors to and from shore. The airport on the ship’s top deck would serve private and small commercial aircraft (up to about 40 passengers each).

The proposed vessel’s superstructure, rising twenty-five stories above its broad main deck, would house residential space, a library, schools, and a first-class hospital in addition to retail and wholesale shops, banks, hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities, casinos, offices, warehouses, and light manufacturing and assembly enterprises. Finally, this concept would include a wide array of recreational and athletic facilities, worthy of a world-class resort, making Freedom Ship a veritable “Community on the Sea.”

The commercial districts aboard Freedom Ship will give residents, crew, daily and overnight visitors shopping in an environment of architectural beauty and convenience. Although final drawings have not been released to the public, the commercial district will depict many of the same architectural features as a large commercial district in a major city, such as New York. There will be streets and blocks (or districts) within the commercial area of the ship. Each district will depict a different architectural theme; as one walks through the city one feels as though they are walking around the world.

The real estate sold in various districts will cater to different forms of commerce from professional offices and corporate world headquarters for major international corporations, to retail and open-air markets, to restaurant facilities. Real estate will be developed to facilitate specific forms of commerce indicative to various cultures from around the world. A truly global and international business community will flourish aboard, as goods from ashore are constantly being bought and sold. In addition, real estate is available for light manufacturing, industrial, and warehousing applications. Restaurants aboard the ship will provide fresh cuisine from around the world in atmospheres ranging from fast food to true fine dining.

An elegant, world-class hotel and casino will also be operating aboard with a large convention center capable of hosting sporting and entertainment events and trade shows… a place truly worthy of hosting The World’s Fair. People will have access to various history, technology, and art museums aboard as well as aquariums and nature preserves featuring exotic plants and animals from around the world.

The commercial district aboard Freedom Ship will sustain a population of 100,000 people comprised of 40,000 residents, 20,000 full time crew, 30,000 daily visitors, and 10,000 overnight guests to the hotel and casino.

FSI is committed to providing residents and other people with an environment capable of sustaining a vibrant commercial community. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to operating a business aboard. We desire to foster the entrepreneurial spirit within our residents and business owners and will strive to help them when possible. It is the people who own and visit the real estate aboard Freedom Ship that create a truly unique environment.

Education:

The school system aboard Freedom Ship will provide the world standard for quality in education to students (US grades K through 12) who live aboard the ship. The quality of education is one of many factors anticipated to promote the appreciation of real estate values aboard Freedom Ship.

Curriculum:

Our system of schools will provide a rigorous educational curriculum developed by blending the best attributes from other school systems around the world to create a truly unique and challenging classroom environment. FSI is dedicated to providing an environment that stresses the following areas of study. History, geography, and the arts will be stressed along with foreign language; all students will be bilingual at graduation. The sciences along with mathematics and engineering will compose another major area of study. Finally, financial education will be stressed as each and every child is exposed on a daily basis to international commerce both aboard the ship and ashore. However, the time students spend in the classroom will be limited.

The Real Classroom:

A portion of the education will happen outside of the classroom as daily field trips to see the world first hand will be the norm. In effect, students will board ferries instead of buses to visit their classroom… the world in its entire splendor! The ability to see and experience other people and their cultures firsthand is what sets Freedom Ship’s school system apart from the rest.

Sports:

Athletic facilities aboard the ship will facilitate organized sports for the school system. Basketball, tennis, track, swimming and diving, along with gymnastics, American football, soccer, hockey, and facilities for a variety of other sports from around the world will be an integral part of the school system. Students will compete against other schools aboard the ship and with other schools around the world. In effect, students will have their own World Cup for each sport as they travel ashore to compete against schools from around the world and, likewise, as those teams travel to Freedom Ship to play our students for home games as well.

Facilities:

FSI is dedicated to providing the school system with the highest quality facilities possible. Technology will be incorporated into every aspect of classroom learning. The International Library and athletic facilities will provide further opportunities for growth. However, the caring and highly qualified teachers and other professionals will prove invaluable to your child’s education. A boarding school for non-residents is also being considered. Universities are expected to have adjunct campuses aboard as well. FSI is dedicated to providing this educational environment to students at a lower cost to parents when compared to the average yearly cost in taxes to send a child to a public school in the United States.

Healthcare:

The healthcare system aboard Freedom Ship will provide the world standard for quality in healthcare to residents and crew who live aboard the ship. The quality of healthcare is one of many factors anticipated to promote the appreciation of real estate values aboard Freedom Ship.

FSI is dedicated to providing the healthcare with the highest quality facilities possible. We have budgeted $400 million in capital investment to build a large state-of-the-art Western and Eastern medicine hospital with state of the art medical equipment. A medical research facility will also be built and staffed by some of the world’s brightest scientists. We also anticipate Universities will establish medical schools aboard the ship. Physicians are encouraged to own and operate private practices as well.  FSI is dedicated to providing the medical communities an environment where all options and treatments are provided and available to the patient at a lower cost to both patient and physician when compared to current medical facilities and insurance plans.

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