September 12th, 2006 by Bob Bly
E.B. White and others have suggested that specifics — facts — good information — are the keys to good writing.
But that was pre-Internet, when good information was difficult to find.
The writer’s job would be to ferret out information the reader didn’t have access to — and then organize and present it in a clear and entertaining fashion.
But today, thanks to the Internet, everyone theoretically has instant access to the same set of facts and information — and the supply is massive.
More and more authors today are writing thinner books, and huge reference books are a vanishing breed.
In their place, are short, quick-reading books focusing and explaining a single important idea.
So, is the hallmark of good writing good ideas … good information … or both?
If both, which one is more important — the factual content or the exploration of a new idea?
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