The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal’s “Middle Column”
One of the best ways to continuously improve your writing is to model the masters — that is, to study the best writers’ work and apply its lessons to your own craft.
One great place to study great writing (second only to — wink, wink — bringing in Ann Wylie for a writing workshop) is the middle column of The Wall Street Journal. In fact, feature-style stories are sometimes called Wall Street Journal-style stories because the Journal produces such excellent models of the form.
Going to writing school with the Journal has never been easier, thanks to Floating Off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal’s “Middle Column.” Floating is a new collection of 67 of the Journal’s best middle column features — “A-heds” in Journal parlance.
For readers, Floating Off the Page is a pure pleasure. For writers who know how to model the masters, it’s a textbook on how to construct a feature story, how to write more compelling leads and kickers, how to give any topic a human-interest slant and more. The result: more successful feature stories — and a publication that readers find easier to read.
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