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Kindred on deadline writing

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by novelist_wannabe, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    If this is a d_b I apologize. Didn't see it. Still, a neatly done treatise on cranking out copy when you have to in a hurry:

  2. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Good piece. I just sent it to my fellow staffers.
  3. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Great responses from Schulian, Pierce, and others.
  4. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    It's easy to write nothing.
    Best part of that entry is John Schulian's comment.
  5. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Some good stuff there. Thanks for the link.

    I've been in the business for more than five years and still struggle hitting deadlines. Not sure if Mr. Kindred's points will help, but I'll give it a try.
  6. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    Great, great stuff.

    My favorite line, which I think about with every game I cover:

    " 'Always be ready to write,' he said. We were at a heavyweight championship fight. 'Be thinking, if this ends on the next punch, ‘What can I write?’ ' "
  7. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Fantastic. Every one of them words rings true.

    Not to change topics, because I don't think I am, but something that's often overlooked in the debate over blogging is how much it can help you on deadline.

    Some view it as a hindrance to deadline writing, if for no other reason than blogging takes time from deadline writing. I don't feel that way at all.

    I live blog everything I do on my beat, a beat for a school in the Eastern Time Zone where every other conference school is in the Central, in other words, 8 p.m. tipoffs, which aren't conducive to deadline.

    I've found that blogging helps me immeasurably when it comes to refining my angle for the deadline story because, true to what Kindred writes, I am constantly writing. Just as the event unfolds before me, I am able to work through and sort out the importance of what's happening.

    Blogging is like a rough draft, I can keep what I feel is relevant and toss out the rest, but I've also been working mentally through the event, much in the same way Kindred advises. I have an every-but-the-kitchen-sink sort of mind, so blogging helps me get focused. Not always, I thought my deadline story on the game I did yesterday was a mess, but more often than not, it helps a ton for me.
  8. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Great, great stuff... just sent it out to all of my gang.

    Thanks for the link, n_w
  9. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I think we all know deadline writing is hard, but I think a lot of times we make it harder than it has to be. I just thought this had some practical advice about how to minimize that. Plus, I always enjoy reading Kindred.
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