Synthesizing Ideas to Write with Authority

THE OPEN NOTEBOOK

Sometimes, as a reader, you can feel when you’re in good hands and headed somewhere interesting. But how can writers bring this kind of authority to their own work? It requires taking charge of a story to prioritize selectiveness over comprehensiveness, momentum over excessive citation, and rigorous thinking over “balanced” circumspection. It also takes overcoming doubts to arrive at a conclusion of sorts.

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Many writers describe crafting a story as laying a trail for readers to follow. (Credit: BLM via Flickr)