The best advice on writing?
The ones that stick in my mind tend to be the practical tips, designed to improve writing. Things like this one about quoting in features:
Only quote what you can’t say yourself.
It also made me think about some of the dispensers of advice. One was already on my mind because I had just been shocked by news of his death: John Sterlicchi.
He was my first news editor. A commanding physical presence with a character to match he ran a tight news desk. It’s hard to believe that he is not sitting somewhere now, asking: “Why is my intray empty?”