This post is mainly a reminder to myself of the links to these articles about some of my favourite ‘principles’ / ‘rules’ that I quote a lot and then fail to find when I need to – they are about writing and leadership (because really what else do I do at this point but write and inconsistently ‘lead’) mainly and I’ll add more over time.
I don’t always follow the advice herein but I always want to.
Lessons from Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’
Write for yourself first and be yourself
Write every day*
Good writers read
Don’t be pretentious or stretch your vocabulary
Don’t get overly caught up in grammar
*well I try!
Lessons from Phil Jackson’s Eleven Principles
Lead from the inside out.
Bench the ego.
The key to success is compassion.
Keep your eye on the spirit, not on the scoreboard.
Sometimes you have to pull out the big stick.
Lessons from David Ogilvy on ‘How to write’
Write the way you talk. Naturally.
Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.
Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of pretense.
Never write more than two pages on any subject.
If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.**
**I’m terrible at this
Lessons from the Eleven Laws of Showrunning by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
It’s all about you stop making it all about you
Know your show and tell everyone what it is
Make decisions early and often
Do not demand a final product at the idea stage
Write and rewrite quickly
Deliver good and bad news early and often
Share credit for success to a fault