Worth Reading - 3/31

1. Six questions every writer should ask about every sentence, from Aaron Earls:

When a writer connects with his or her readers, they will undoubtably inspire questions.

The audience will ask: Can this help me in any way? Does this reveal some truth that can impact my thinking on a topic?

Even humor or fiction writing should provoke thoughts and questions in the reader. The best writing always does.

So how can you as a writer provoke questions within your readers—by asking your own questions first.

Here are six questions George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984, encourages every writer to ask about every sentence they write.

2. The tricky logic of laws protecting the unborn. Some thoughtful commentary from Trevin Wax:

On March 18, Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. When she arrived at the seller’s home, Dynel Lane, a former nurse’s aide, attacked her, cut her open, and removed her unborn child. Wilkins survived the incident; her child did not.

Hearing about this horrifying crime provokes a sense of moral revulsion, as well as a demand for justice to be carried out against the killer. But this crime took place in Colorado, and therefore, the attacker will not face murder charges. Colorado state law does not recognize the fetus as a person unless the fetus has reached the point he or she can survive outside the womb.

Today, 38 states have fetal homicide laws that increase penalties for crimes involving pregnant women or explicitly refer to the fetus as a person worthy of protection.

But creating and passing these laws is a contentious process because it takes lawmakers to the heart of our society’s debate over abortion: What is the unborn?

3. Just in case you need it, a how-to guide on jumping from a speeding car from the Art of Manliness:

Sometimes when I’m driving, I’ll imagine scenarios that would require me to jump out of my speeding car. I know I can’t be the only one who does this. I do it mainly to pass time while in traffic, but I think there’s also a part of me who wants to be prepared if (in the unlikely instance) I actually have bail out of a moving vehicle to save my life. The scenarios that I usually come up with are 1) my brakes go out and my car is about to fly off a cliff Thelma and Louise style and 2) a criminal organization has put me in the backseat of a car and is transporting me to an abandoned warehouse to beat me with a baseball bat. In both cases, jumping from a speeding car is probably the best option for survival.

Okay, so my scenarios seem unlikely, but when I lived in Tijuana, two of my friends actually did have to jump from a speeding vehicle. True story.

4. An overview of the Big Story of the Bible in five minutes. This is designed for kids, but it is worthwhile for adults, too.