With official publication date three weeks away, I am happy to hold in my hand the first copy of my latest book: "How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times."

I have never had more fun writing a book, and I hope it shows. During a writing chat, I offered a practical preview of the writing strategies described in the book.

I've learned a lot about short writing over the last three years and want to share that knowledge widely -- especially at a time when good short writing is more in demand than ever before.

Tweets, Facebook updates, blog posts, text messages -- all these newer forms of expression have brought short writing into the foreground. That said, the Internet is a bottomless pit, a container for some of the longest, emptiest pieces of writing in human history.

In our online chat we:

  • Discussed the best ways to learn good short writing.
  • Analyzed the strategies behind the best short writing.
  • Defined the new and enduring purposes that have always made short writing important.

You can replay the chat here: