Open Call: I’m putting together a list of summer UXW internships for an upcoming issue. If you are running an internship program in 2019 then shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or reply to this email) and I’ll include in an upcoming issue….
I recently started a storytelling class at City Academy. It’s tough, it’s like group therapy. Each week we’re expected to tell personal stories to the rest of the group. Throughout the course I’ve realised how English I am.
“Where’s the emotion?” our instructor said to me in the first class. “Your story was very clinical and matter-of-fact.”
But it’s good, it’s forcing me to learn how to tell stories to large audiences. Which is something I’ve never been good at doing.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to earn the audiences’ permission to move your story forward.
Every story has a series of landmarks you must hit in order to keep it moving, give it life and momentum.
The way you construct a story is to carry the narrative to each of those landmarks, gauge your audiences’ reaction, and move on only if you have permission.
I think that’s what a lot of us get wrong about writing. Just because you’ve said something doesn’t mean you’ve earned someone’s permission to read it.
At its heart, UX Writing is all about understanding how to write a good story.
Here’s a list of books about writing I recommend to anyone who asks about getting into UX Writing. For when you want to read beyond the theory.
On Writing Well by William Zinsser. First published in 1976 but 100% relevant today.
Elements of Style by William Skrunk. A stone-cold classic.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. As with all books about writing this is more about life than about writing.
On Writing by Stephen King. The master storyteller. My copy of this book has more dog-eared pages than non-dog-eared pages.
There are currently 592 of you on this list. There were two Flight 592s that crashed
. Which is a cheery thought.
On with the show.