Knox Scholar Relays Writing Tips from Lincoln

From: Ragan Communications (Chicago, IL) -

One way to improve your writing is to read good writers. Occasionally, if you are lucky, you come across a book on how a great writer writes. Such is Lincoln’s Sword by Douglas L. Wilson, (co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College). No American president’s writings are as well known as those of Abraham Lincoln… Here are a few things any writer can learn from Abraham Lincoln, as revealed by Wilson: 1. To convince, you must first understand. Good writers are good teachers. To persuade someone to abandon one position for another requires that you show some empathy… 5. Use simple words. Keep it short. Avoid fine writing… go to the Gettysburg Address… This speech lasted no more than three minutes—the length of a pop song of today—yet is revered for its power… Read more…