A long introduction by Silberman then leads to the writing tips. Here are some snippets. Check out the article for full responses.
- Carl Zimmer (The Tangled Bank): research, organize, amputate
- David Shenk (The Genius in All of Us): make it great; get feedback; let some of you come through
- Cory Doctorow (For the Win): "Stop in the middle of a sentence, leaving a rough edge for you to start from the next day — that way, you can write three or five words without being “creative” and before you know it, you’re writing."
- Bill Wasik (And Then There's This): ". . . hone your outline and then cling to it as a lifeline."
- Geoff Manaugh (The BLDGBLOG Book): "Quick, tossed off, last minute additions, typed right before you submit the final manuscript, probably aren’t a good idea . . ."
- Mark Frauenfelder (The Mad Professor): "Don’t forget to write the book that you want to read."
- Deborah Blum (The Poisoner’s Handbook): "The best advice I got in writing narrative non-fiction was to get my hero in trouble and keep him there."
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