Good Writing

It’s not that hard.  It’s not hard at all, actually.  Keep it simple.

There are two good examples in today’s Hartford Courant.  The first is a brief story about the crash of a light plane in a corn field in Woodstock.  The pilot was not injured.  It finished with a simple line that struck me.  A line that contained a nugget of information I didn’t have when we reported the story yesterday.

Courtesy CT DEEP

Courtesy CT DEEP

Reporter Christine Dempsey quoted an environmental department spokesman as saying that before the plane is removed, “The corn may be harvested first, he said.”

Love the priority.  Hate it when I read something and think, “Wish I’d said that.”

The other example is in an obituary written by a master of the keyboard.  My mentor and friend, Dick Ahles, wrote his wife’s obituary after she died on Sunday.   It is a simple but eloquent portrait of a wonderful woman who appreciated the written word.  My favorite line:

She and her family were long time residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else.

I spoke to Dick this morning.  He told me it was their son Charlie’s line.  Dick and Helen were excellent teachers.

Whenever I write anything, I try to live up to their standards.  Simple and smart.

She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
She and her family were longtime residents of the village of Riverton in Barkhamsted, which she loved and where, she often said, the stars shined brighter over their house on Mountain Road than anywhere else – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=helen-ahles&pid=166893554&fhid=13094#fbLoggedOut
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About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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6 Responses to Good Writing

  1. Very nice posts today Gerry. Early on after my move here from Minnesota, Helen Ahles guided me in the proper way to be a Democratic volunteer in a large Republican town, Barkhamsted. She recruited me for the town committee. Back then, Dick and I were about the only two WFSB employees who came from this Litchfield County town.

  2. Monica says:

    This may be my favorite post from you yet. Miss ya Brooks.

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