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Paul Conkin

Writing, Reading, and the Rigor of the Calling

This semester I’m teaching a senior seminar for history majors. Among other things, we’re working on history writing and style. Because writing has never come easy to me, I find this daunting. I’m what might be called a “deliberate writer,” which means that I would rather read than write. In the back of my mind I sometimes figure that if the people on my ever-expanding list of favorite books write so damned well, why not leave the writing to them?We plunged ahead anyway despite my silly reservations about the whole enterprise. I shared an idiosyncratic list of writing do’s and Read more