Writing concisely and quickly

A few weeks ago at the newspaper it was a real marathon. I ended up writing 15 articles, ranging from 300-word straight news articles about a last-minute news story to long, 900-word flowing features. Very long, very tedious. I remember that Friday night getting home and sleeping a good, solid nine hours.

As I continue in this profession, I remind myself that when writing quickly, the best way to go about it in journalism is take the information, extract what’s the most important and focus on that. We only have so many words to work with, so we must summarize in a way that tells the story and encourages a person to keep reading.

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