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December 28, 1940

The Art of Useful Writing

JAMA. 1940;115(26):2306. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810520068033

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Professor Pitkin has been author, dean and teacher and has previously written books on the art of rapid reading and on the art of learning. He recommends that the way to learn to write usefully is first to learn to write much. He recommends particularly study of condensation. In his own practice he learned eventually to write 1,500 words an hour and he now claims that he can write 10,000 words in finished book copy in nine consecutive hours. He recommends also that every writer plan to organize his information in useful files. His book is full of useful information but whether or not it is possible by the use of a book of this kind to become a writer one can only say that Mr. Pitkin says that it is. He provides innumerable exercises and plans for study. No doubt any one who has a talent and an urge

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