- Zinsser, William
- We need models to learn but then we outgrow them and become who we are supposed to be (we take only what we need). (L242)
If you think you can dash something off and have it come out right, the people you’re trying to reach are almost surely in trouble.
- Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. It helps us to find what we know and what we don’t know. (L261)
- Readers must be given room for their own emotions. Do not persuade them with why something is important. (L520)
Psychology is deceptively difficult subject: It sounds like material you’ve known all your life, but actually it’s based on extensive research.
- The Art of Thinking by Vincent Ruggiero #book
- Fiction writer can’t write “wrong”—we can only say that we don’t like it. Non-fiction writing has no such immunity (L863)
- Information is not passive and can shape the world. e.g., gene messages instruct cell machinery to construct new proteins. (L883)