How to Write (Almost) Anything, From a Great Joke to a Killer Cover Letter

There’s an old saying attributed to legendary sports journalist Red Smith: “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” The technology may have changed since the 1940s; the painful parts, unfortunately, haven’t. But that’s no reason for despair. Whether you’re just looking to punch up your tweets or have ambitions to write the Great American Novel, we’ve got you covered with this collection of great articles about the craft of writing, well, just about anything.

How to Write the Perfect Sentence

Joe Moran • The Guardian

Orwell advised cutting as many words as possible, Woolf found energy in verbs, and Baldwin aimed for ‘a sentence as clean as a bone’. What can we learn from celebrated authors about the art of writing well?

How to Write a Joke

The New York Times

Jerry Seinfeld describes the anatomy of his Pop-Tart joke, still a work in progress, and shows his longhand writing process.

How to Write a Poem

T. Rachel Cole • The Creative Independent

A guide to reading and writing poetry for people who don’t (yet) read or write poetry.

How to Write a Condolence Note

Joanna Goddard • Cup of Jo

When a person is bereaved, the simple, sincere expressions of sympathy you write are deeply felt and appreciated. At this time of withdrawal from the world, your letter can be a warm and understanding handclasp.

How to Write a Letter

Brett & Kate McKay • Art of Manliness

While email and texts have become the standard form of written communication in today’s fast-paced, digital world, there’s still a place for old-fashioned, snail mail letters.

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