Good writing bursts from the page and into the conscience.
It sharpens the knowable. It illuminates the unknown.
So let’s stop for a minute and admire a bit of good writing.
It’s a lead from an Associated Press story about tornadoes in Texas last week.
These tornadoes raked Dallas, the story tells us. They crumbled a wing of a nursing home. They spiraled trailers like footballs.
Great verbs fueled what could have been a mundane lead and propelled what could have been a routine account of an all-too-common weather story.
They pushed the news right to my face and forced me to take notice.
Even in a world glimmering with multimedia baubles, good writing still shines with a special brightness.
So let’s hear it for strong verbs and good writing, the twin superheroes.