Linked: Bad writing is good

Bad writing is good:

Don’t expect the public to read you because what you’re writing is important, just grab them by the throat by using every cheap trick at your disposal, from sensational, teaser headlines to hyperbole and synthesized conflict within the article. If the story is worth telling, you’ll be doing more good than harm by reaching more readers.

Not sure if I agree with him (i.e.: that this is the way things should be) but he does make a valid point. Writing on the web means writing for a significantly different medium, one where distraction is forever a concern. (thx, Greg)

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  • yipeng

    I would go with ‘browsing is the norm’.

  • G.S. Williams

    I haven’t read the article yet, but just browsing Novelr itself — however, his premise concerns me because it panders to the the SCREAMING FOR ATTENTION nature of the Internet, with self-involved bloggers, narcissistic social networks, and general lack of grammar.

    I think writers should use all the tools at their disposal to create compelling writing — by hyperbole and exaggeration don’t amount to anything but the problems in our culture that we already have, with the tendency towards wasteful consumerism and self-aggrandizement.