Intended for healthcare professionals

Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Dead wrong

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1176 (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1176

Blueprint for Writers

Writing is like building a skyscraper. The writer must be the architect,
contractor, janitor, interior decorator, real estate agent, and doorman. As
architect, the writer envisions the concept and blueprint for the writing. As
contractor, the writer turns the blueprint into sentences and paragraphs. As
janitor, the writer edits the sentences and paragraphs. As interior decorator,
the writer embellishes the edited sentences and paragraphs. As real estate
agent, the writer presents the embellished, edited sentences and paragraphs to
the public. And as doorman, the writer greets all readers. In short, the writer is
reaching for the sky and taking you along.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 September 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA