Too busy working to read all of the great posts about writing this week? Don't fret; we've got you covered. Here are this week's five articles writers should bookmark and read:
Print your tweets on toilet paper.
An amazing idea: $35 gets you four rolls of toilet paper with tweets printed on them, either from your feed or elsewhere. It's a great gift for writers—or anyone. The product is called Shitter (pardon our French, but that’s the name), which is part of the Australian company Collector’s Edition. In an interview with Businessweek
, Collector’s Edition co-founder David Gillespie said the company isn’t making any money from the toilet paper, instead it’s been great PR. Get your Twitter toilet paper here
‘A fool-proof formula for easily creating compelling content.’
Good post about how to kick out strong copy. Wish PR Daily
had published it. Read it here
The lost art of diagramming sentences.
This is one for the hard-core word nerds. Do you recall your English teachers diagramming sentences? If the answer is no, don't sweat it. You’re probably too young. The practice, long out of date, was a revolutionary idea for English teachers in the mid-18th century when Stephen Watkins Clark, an English teacher and the principal at the Cortland Academy in Homer, N.Y., invented sentence diagramming in “his classrooms, [and] on long meditative walks around the town of Homer,” according to author Kitty Burns Florey writing on The New York Times
website. Some have blamed the death of “whom” and the decline of Western Civilization on the demise of sentence diagramming. Intrigued? Read the full story here
If you read one story about ghostwriting, make sure it’s this one.
Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow denied a New York Times claim
that Julia Turshen served as the ghostwriter on two of her books. In fact, Paltrow denied it vehemently. In a piece for Rumpus.com, ghostwriter Sari Botton explains why Paltrow thinks she wrote the book herself, and describes the role of the ghostwriter—a great explanation for the uninitiated and worthwhile primer for anyone who’s considering the job. Read the full piece here
Gawker ridicules Esquire writer’s sexual habits and wife.
The blog Gawker is an equal opportunity offender: It attacks everyone. On Thursday, Gawker writer John Cook took aim at two-time National Magazine Award winner Chris Jones and a story he wrote
about women who are bad in bed. Cook says:
“I have to assume its actual intended target is the one he (presumably) [has sex] with the most frequency—his wife Lee, whom he married in 2003, with whom he has two children, and about whom he writes regularly.” (If you click through be careful, some of the post is graphic.) On Twitter, Jones reacted to the blog post
—“Thanks to @Gawker for bringing my wife and kids into a goofy thing. Lucky for me, my wife is awesome. My kids are proof”—and responded to numerous tweets, ending with this mea culpa
: “Writing my own sex counterpoint: ‘Every woman is equal in bed, that is to say awesome, and I'm a fat ugly man.’ Are we good?”
Michael Sebastian, the managing editor of PR Daily, is filling in for Evan Peterson, who has the week off from the Week in Writing column.