5 truths about writing you didn’t learn in college

It’s unlikely your English professor shared this advice with you. Hint: Incomplete sentences are in; snark is not.

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Don’t listen to him.

I do, however, have friends in the writing community who bemoan the ease with which new-media “pros” took over the airwaves. They make writing look and sound easy.

Minus formal literary or journalistic training—or a solid grasp of sentence structure—they churn out blogs, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages like mindless monsters with nothing and everything to say. Some get traffic, but most don’t.

As the medium continues to adjust to the message (apologies to Marshall McLuhan), writers with English or Journalism degrees still, even after all this time, need to adapt to a range of platforms.

Does it mean we surrender a bit of our literary souls? Nah. It simply allows us to tell another story in a different way. Some stories have become high art in 140 characters.

They never told us these truisms as undergrads:

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