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He later said it was the best thing he’d ever written.
And there is a skill of course in brevity. It’s a lesson you learn in newspaper journalism, where space is at a premium. Writing a good News In Brief is an art in itself, as is a tight story intro. They can become quite poetic in the right hands
The legendary newspaper editor Harold Evans offers up a cracking intro in his book Newsman’s English. His example, from the New York Sun, reads:
Chicago, Oct 31: James Wilson lighted a cigarette while bathing his feet in benzine. He may live.
Though not quite as compact as Hemingway’s shortest story it has the same function of carrying a whole world in a few words – of distilling the tale right down to its bare essentials.
That’s about it for today. A short blog this one – naturally.
Don’t forget if you get a moment to take a look at my book Song of the Sea God.