The art of the wordsmith

A writer needs to have a wide vocabulary, a fantastic knowledge of grammar and punctuation. Those are the fundamentals; writers must be able to convey information clearly and concisely.

Good writers need a sense of humour, a fervent interest in the world around them and the ability to find the human aspect in any narrative. When these traits combine with the advanced communication skills, a special kind of writing happens; the kind that transports you from your terraced-house in Hampshire to the centre of the Syrian civil war, fair Verona where we lay our scene or Gatsby’s dock staring at the green light.

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This writing turns the simplest – and sometimes dullest- topics into engaging content that stays with you long after you recycle the newspaper or, more likely, close the SkyNews app on your phone.

 

National Day on Writing; October 20, 2016.

#WhyIWrite Because I need to

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