New Writing Tips Page for Moleskines

by Mike Shea on 18 November 2004

I built a new Writing Tips PDF. Print each page on one side of a piece of paper and then cut that piece of paper in half (I used the "fold, lick, fold, lick, tear" method). Fold each half twice and tuck it in the pocket of your Moleskine pocket journal.

The sources for the writing tips include Strunk and White's Principles of Composition, Edward Tufte's Presentation Tips, George Orwell's Six Rules and Six Questions, Robert Heinlein's Six Rules For SF Writing, and my own painfully acquired collection of Evil Metaphors and Phrases.

On the back of the sheet is a page from La Operina, a book written in 1522 by Ludovico Vicentino, a scribe from Italy, on the subject of handwriting. This handwriting is known as Chancery Italic and this book is the oldest known book written on the subject of handwriting. Though over 482 years old, the letters he carefully outlined are still very legable today.

You can copy and paste the Writing Tips Text version into your own format if you so choose and find something else for the reverse side.

Each 5.5 inch by 8.5 inch page folds over twice to end up less than half of the thickness of the original 8.5 x 11 version. Fold it up and tuck it into the back pocket of your Moleskine. Carry the words of these master writers with you everywhere you go!

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