In 34 words, a powerful writing tip from Joseph Pulitzer #writinglegally

Posted on 07-29-2015 by
Tags: writinglegally , legal writing , Upgrading Your Skills , #writinglegally

If you want to know how to make you writing good and powerful, who better to turn to for advice than the great newspaper legend Joseph Pulitzer. Thanks to Mike Consol Blog, we can heed the great piece of advice given by Pulitzer and it only to 34 words to make a statement, saying:

“Put it to them briefly, so they will read it; clearly, so they will appreciate it; picturesquely, so they will remember it; and, above all, accurately, so they will be guided by its light.”

Pulitzer’s advice touches on key points that is more relevant today than it was during his time. Here are his five aspects to writing:

  • Briefly

Even back in his day, which ran much slower than today’s society, he preached brevity. He understood that people would be more willing to read shorter article than longer ones.

  • Clearly

Make sure your points are clear. Your writing needs to be precise since the reader doesn’t have an opportunity to ask for clarification as opposed to if they communicated with each other in-person.

  • Accurately

Despite Pulitzer being the father of Yellow Journalism, he points out accuracy. Maybe his time during that time he learned how inaccuracy can erode the credibility of not only the writer but the publication as well.

What do you think of Pulitzer’s advice? Do you have any additional advice regarding writing? If so leave a comment in the section below.

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