Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Good warnings

I like this post from John McIntyre, former chief of the Baltimore Sun's copy desk, for a couple of reasons:

One, it's good for a couple of chuckles.

And two, it's always good to be reminded of the writing minefields that sometimes are only a step or two away. Knowing what territory to avoid can sometimes be just as helpful as knowing where you want to go.


  1. But what if you had a lead with a rhetorical question, clumsy misdirection and a disproportionate comparison? Particularly if it involved a python?

    Wouldn't that be worthwhile?

  2. My God, that lead is the gift that keeps on giving.