Tag: Blog30

29 // The First Paragraph

If I’ve learned one thing about writing this month, it’s to delete the first paragraph.

Most of the time, the first paragraph is like turning the key in the ignition: necessary to get started, but less than riveting to watch unfold.

Your readers—and your future self—will thank you.

24 // Mistakes

While on a recent subway trip, I noticed the subway line had replaced the live-person announcements for each station with pre-recorded announcements.

Most of the stations along the route have fairly ordinary names. But there’s one station with an odd name, one that’s not even remotely phonetic. Unless you’re from the area, you probably wouldn’t know how to pronounce it correctly.

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23 // Move Closer

The zoom setting on a camera is safe. It allows you to take a picture of something without getting close enough to experience it.

Which can be helpful, if you want a shot of a lion’s canines.

Moving closer requires risk. Vulnerability. Intimacy.

(And by now you realized we’re not actually talking about photography.)

Don’t zoom in on people; move closer.