The Seanachai, by Patrick McClean, was one of the first podcasts I ever listened to, and it’s still one of the best. (It’s only flaw is that it isn’t updated nearly often enough, hint, hint. I miss my stories, Pat.) I’ve always admired Patrick’s writing; he finds clever ways to say interesting things.
So I was delighted to see that Patrick has a new blog/video podcast called Good Words, Right Order where he teaches writing. I’ve already watched all four of the videos on the site, where he takes some badly written glob of text and turns it into a clear, concise sentence.
It’s not a grammar site; it’s about how to communicate clearly in writing. It actually reminds me a lot of my expository writing class in college, except without the homework and the endless lecture. That class was one of the hardest classes I took, but it made me a much better writer–when I actually take the time to consider what I’m writing.
In other McClean news, he’s participating in NPR’s Public Radio Talent Search, so go and vote for him so that he can be on public radio and get paid to write insightful things instead of ad copy.
After that, go to Good Words, Right Order and learn how to write from one of the best writers I know.