Resources that changed me as a journalist

Journalists have been prosecuted since the profession has been in existence. Our job is to expose and inform but never has journalism been tested to a level it is today.

But you don’t have to be a journalist to need good writing skills. It’s useful in all walks of life.

Whether you are planning to have a career in journalism or you’re simply interested in writing better, I want to share several resources that have changed me as a writer and journalist.

Though, I’m here to warn you. Not every resource is directly related to writing i.e. ‘writing tip’. For example, if you click here, you will learn new games but it won’t necessarily make you a better gamer. Similarly, some resources below are educational, others simply eye-opening.

Copyblogger

copyblogger

Copyblogger was founded by Brian Clark 15+ years ago and since grown into  million-dollar blog and platform

Incredible in the abundance of resources and tools, Copyblogger has taught me amazing lessons in productivity and the craft of writing.

Here’s one of Clark’s most amazing pieces, How Comedians come up with content ideas

The War of Art and the daily fight with Resistance

No, it’s not a typo. I did not mean the Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’. This particular book was written by Steven Pressfield. The book portrays his career story and lessons learned about professionalism. The advice is applicable not only in writing but in any endeavor.

Many tools of the trade from Roy Peter Clark

A veteran journalist from Poynter, Roy Peter Clark has been my idol for 15+ years. He has taught writing since 1979. He has released many books among which there are: Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times and The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English.

I wish I could pick one but, to be honest, I still keep all three books on my desk and return to them regularly.

The Elements of Style

A classic book everyone should read. Written by William Strunk Jr a hundred years ago (in 1918) and revised by a student of Strunk, E.B. White in 1959. Basically, it’s an overview of the English grammar.

Keep in mind, this is not a book you read and be over. Read it a couple of times and keep it next to your writing desk for reference.

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