Hints for young writers (1914) PDF book by Orison Swett Marden
The Writer To-Day 7 Live, Then Write 11 The Personality in Your Book 26 Fixed Habit of Work 35 Choosing the Right Word 39 Use Simple Language 49 Conciseness 59 Readability 72 Keep Close to Life 83 Observation and Self-Expression 89 The Capacity for Taking Pains 99 Style and Spirit 120 Commercialization of the Literary Profession 128 The Reserve Behind Expression 134
For centuries it was thought that oratory was the greatest human achievement, the most perfect expression of personal power. It was long supposed that no other form of self-expression developed a man so thoroughly and so effectively, or unfolded his powers so quickly, as the effort to think upon his feet and to express himself before an audience. But many of the laurels that formerly went to the orator are now going to the writer, and I doubt whether there is any other form of self-expression or of achievement which gives such complete satisfaction as the writer’s profession.