Writing words vs. writing software

August 15, 2006

This is a pretty cool post comparing writing prose versus writing software.

Some of my favorite quotes they steal:

“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.”

“Remember this: Don’t spend too much time visiting writing groups. You are not writing then. You are writing when you are WRITING.”

“Editing is the most difficult phase of writing — and it is also the most crucial.”

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

Writing words vs. writing software – Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)

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One Response to “Writing words vs. writing software”


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