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The Art of Writing Short


Bagi yang ingin menulis musik secara ringkas, Bernard Holland mungkin adalah juaranya. Sebagai kritikus musik untuk NYTimes, ia harus menulis sebuah artikel ulasan konser setiap malam sepanjang 400 kata saja selama 30 tahun. Saya pun juga masih berjuang untuk melakukan ini. Dulu bisa 350-an kata saja per tulisan, tapi sepertinya makin lama makin mengembang. Musti banyak belajar juga dari ahlinya.

Berikut adalah tipsnya:

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TIPS FROM A MASTER

Former New York Times Chief Critic Bernard Holland, author of

SOMETHING I HEARD, is much celebrated for his ability to capture a composer or performer in, what the San Francisco Chronicle called, “a few deftly chosen words.”

In an almost 30-year career at the New York Times, Holland had to make 400-word reviews sing nightly.

Few can do it.

(Another great practitioner was the late architecture critic at The New Yorker, Brendan Gill.)

In age of twitter and wordpress, you best be able to write short too.

Here are a few tips from a Master, or Maestro, whichever:

1. Never state the obvious. For example, don’t start your piece with “I went to an important concert last night” We know it’s important or why would you be there?

2. Write it, Read it. Cut it. Mercilessly (Awk! An adverb.) Take out every extra word…

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About mikebm (1164 Articles)
An arts journalist, a conductor, an educator, a young arts manager whose passion drove him to leave a multinational IT cooperation to study Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in London and went back to Indonesia to build the scene there.

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