The Rigours of Writing…

Some things bear repeating…this was an early blog of mine

Postcard from a Pigeon


Writing is about communicating, but what you wish to communicate, will determine how it’s written.

For example, if you’re a historian, writing a history of World War One, you won’t start with a blow by blow account of the violent  death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo. No, you’re more likely to start with an account of the shifting complex of treaties and alliances that led the world to war and the decade of global political assassinations, leading up to that one event.

As a journalist, you’d lead with the assassination and address the questions of ‘who, why, what, where, when and how?’, in the first four paragraphs. The background to the story, and its aftermath, might fill the latter paragraphs as ‘background.’

As a writer, you’d go straight for the action, contrasting the pomp and ceremony of an Imperial Archduke’s visit with the sweaty, fear…

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