The Inverted Pyramid

The Inverted Pyramid is a simple idea: put the most important pieces of your article at the top, and catch your reader’s attention immediately....

Famous First Lines In Fiction

You’ve heard it before: your first line should be your best. It should be intriguing, maybe even poetic. Even in journalism, you’ll want your first paragraph, or lead, to reach out and grab your readers...

George Orwell’s Six Simple Rules

George Orwell is one of my favorite authors. 1984, Animal Farm — there’s something about dystopian societies I find entertaining. But we’re not here to talk about that (maybe later). Orwell shared his writing...

Forming An Argument

At the core of persuasive writing is a reasonable argument. How you make that argument will determine its effectiveness, so let’s take this opportunity to review the elements of a good persuasive argument....

Bradbury’s Lists

Last night’s rain is over, and now the sun is shining and the air is so wet you can hardly breathe. The thermostat just turned ninety. On this spring day that feels like summer,...