If you are like me, you’ve ventured outside your comfort zone and sampled at least one strange bacon infused concoction. Donuts, pickles, jam, ice cream, brownies . . . Everything is better with bacon—even the craft of writing!
“Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”
Who said it?
The Renaissance-era scientist and philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon. He, perhaps unknowingly, packed a powerful writing lesson into that one simple sentence.
Let’s break it down.
READING fills a writer with knowledge, ideas and a better understanding of technique. When a writer reads, he or she learns more about the craft of writing by experiencing various writing styles, voices, forms and genres.
CONFERENCE inspires writers to write. Have you come away from a writers’ conference filled with ideas and readiness? Of course you have! Conversing with other writers and creative people sparks motivation. It prepares a writer to write.
EXACTNESS is the final part of Bacon’s lesson. A ready writer works diligently to find the exact words to convey an exact meaning. That’s the most difficult part of writing, taking knowledge and readiness and weaving them into something great.
Reading makes a full writer; conference a ready writer; and writing an exact writer.
The next time you feel stuck, remember Sir Francis’ words:
Writing is better with Bacon!
Sir Francis’ mother was a cook who married a bacon.
Anne (nee Cooke) Bacon.
Some scholars believe Sir Francis faked his own death.
He wanted to live—without bringing home the bacon!
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