Essential writing advice that doesn’t involve grammar

Style and usage mean little if you don’t actually write—which is the gist of this author’s advice to writers. Plus, writing about Joe Paterno, new business words, Google Mapping the homes of literary heroes, and more.

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It’s the Week in Writing:

Getting things written: Author and Web developer Steven Johnson says that the best writing tips are not always about sentence structure, grammar, style, or usage. Before you worry about any of those things, you must find a time and place—and the motivation—to write. On Medium (a new platform from the Twitter creators) Johnson tells of his experience teaching a journalism class at New York University, and why the most important writing lessons he could share were what he calls the “little tricks and habits that greatly enhanced my productivity and effectiveness as a writer.” Read the story here.

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