13 nuanced writing tips

Most of the articles out there on writing follow the same pattern. "Use short sentences" and "write for an audience one" — it's not bad advice, it's just not nuanced.

Here are 13 suggestions from author Chuck Palahniuk. Most of them are geared towards book writing, but all can be applied to content strategy and creation.

Here's a taste:

Write about the issues that really upset you. Those are the only things worth writing about. In his course, called “Dangerous Writing,” Tom Spanbauer stresses that life is too precious to spend it writing tame, conventional stories to which you have no personal attachment.

There are so many things that Tom talked about but that I only half remember: the art of “manumission,” which I can’t spell, but I understood to mean the care you use in moving a reader through the moments of a story. And “sous conversation,” which I took to mean the hidden, buried message within the obvious story.

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