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From ancient Greece to modern Boston, how stories help us survive

The events of recent days — from the bombing of the Boston marathon to the explosion of the fertilizer plant in Texas — should remind us of the power of stories. In a daily sense and over the course of … Read more

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Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013

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How to influence reader response to your work

All writers learn that it is not possible or desirable to control how a reader responds to story, or even a sentence.  But you can influence reader response, and you should.

How your reader responds is a crucial consequence of … Read more

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Monday, Mar. 04, 2013

Tips for improving your writing on National Grammar Day

Today is National Grammar Day, a special holiday for someone — namely me — who has written a book titled “The Glamour of Grammar.”

That title still puzzles some people who think of grammar as a creaky old … Read more

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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

How to solve your most difficult writing problems

Every writer faces problems. In the most recent  I’ll help you figure out solutions.

Much of the advice I’ll give will derive from my book, “Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces,” which just … Read more

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Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013

How and when to break the rules of writing

The recent passing of former New York mayor Ed Koch reminded me of one of my favorite feature leads of all time, written in 1980 by one of the AP’s all-time greats, Saul Pett:

“NEW YORK — He is the

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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

How to get feedback on your writing

In a recent essay, I described how Tom French and I wrote our books using what I called “the buddy system.” In response, one writer tweeted: “Wish I had a buddy.”

So where do you find a buddy? And … Read more

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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

How to generate fresh ideas for holiday stories

Every journalist I know has faced the dreaded annual assignment: holidays, anniversaries, recurring events. These come down to writers not as sharp story ideas, but as topics:  Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the annual … Read more

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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

What journalists need to know about storytelling on tablets

Poynter’s most recent Eyetrack study reveals some interesting findings about how readers consume news on tablet devices. During a live chat, Poynter’s Sara Quinn and Northwestern University’s Jeremy Gilbert talked about the findings and their implications for journalists.

Here are … Read more

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Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Dan Barry offers writing tips, behind-the-scenes look at Elyria series

When I look back on the history of The New York Times, it rarely appears to be what some might call a “writer’s paper.”  While there has always been great reporting and editing talent at the newspaper, one senses the … Read more

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Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

Tips for becoming a faster, stronger writer

I remember an ancient episode of the 1950s TV version of “Superman.” Not only did the Man of Steel save the day, but when he returned to the newsroom as Clark Kent, he typed his deadline story at super speed, … Read more

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