(Also published at Huffington Post.) “How will I ever learn to be a good writer?”
It’s a scary question – and the hell of it is, the more you appreciate good writing, the scarier it gets.
But it turns out there’s a non-scary answer to how to be good: just avoid being bad.
Think of it as the Sherlock Holmes technique: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” (The Sign of Four)(more...) about How to Write Both Fast & Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers