I asked the writer Bob Schofield about the best or worst writing advice he’s ever heard and he sent this along:
Agree or Disagree?
Semicolons are mostly hard when you have to explain them to people. I don’t mind semi-colons that much. I tend to use the em dash over semicolons, which is kinda the same, except I’m not sure if they’re independent clauses or not. Or if they depend on one another. Wait, did I miss that up? I guess that is Bob’s point. It’s also that weird list format, which is actually helpful when you have to join a few phrases together that are actually separate list items.
For word counts, I think it depends on the person.
That’s really motivating for many people. But turning out #QS is another story. Daily word counts are good as long as you go back and edit. Like actually re-read it and think about what’s being communicated. Unlike this blog, for instance. I’ve always tried for an overall word count goal in the project, but not necessarily daily ones.
Here’s a great video interview with Bob Schofield.