Gary Gilson CSJ ’61 announces debut of his new StarTribune column:
Starting Sunday, May 5, 2019, The Minneapolis Star Tribune will publish, in the Business section, the first of Gary's regular columns on the craft of clear writing.
"The opportunity to succeed Stephen Wilbers, a great writing coach, in this slot is an honor.
I will be using a storytelling approach to illustrate principles of simplicity, precision and clarity. To me, that also means feeling free to break the so-called rules of composition, as long as you “make what you write . . . say what you mean.”
And that’s why my favorite single line in the English language (in bold italics, below) comes from a song (“Say It Simple”) sung by the great trombonist Jack Teagarden:
“Say it simple, so I can understand.
Use all the easy words at your command.
Don’t tell lies, I never cared for fiction.
Talk real clear, don’t want no friction with your diction.”
We hope you will read the column and spread the word to your friends and contacts. The columns will run every other Sunday and will re-appear on Gary's website: www.writebetterwithgary.com