Siracusa on writing

Three quotes from John Siracusa on writing, all taken from episode 23 of Hypercritical. There’s a great collection of Siracusa quotes on siracusasaidso.com.

On getting things “right”:

“I’ve often thought that my obsession with getting the right word is of dubious value, because it seems to me that most readers don’t, like, extract the full meaning of my word choice” (min. 63)

 

On grammar:

“I’m a little bit obsessed with grammar, with correct grammar. And this is bad because I have very little education in the area of grammar. So I’m obsessed with being correct, but know almost nothing about it” (min. 69)

 

On picking titles:

“I almost always find my own titles that I come up with much more clever and insightful than any reader ever will” (min. 76)

 

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