On Writing a Daily Column

February 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

On January 23,1963, [Jack] Scott [my grandfather] wrote in The Sun: “The essence of columning is the highly personal, sometimes intimate, expression of impressions or convictions.

“Most columns answer the question, though the question is hardly ever asked, of “how it looks to me.” This means that the subject must always be one that the writer is genuinely interested in, even though the subject may be of no great importance, and the conclusions, if any, should be a kind of individual discovery, or revelation …

“The best advice I can give is to write of anything that’s close to your heart, whether it’s a serious matter or a gay one. In either case, it is surprising how often that approach brings out a little bit of truth.”

Special thank you to writer Nicole Parton for digging out these words and bringing them back into our lives.


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