In this meta post, the writers of New York Times distill the writing advice they’ve offered or featured in various recent columns:
Rule 8: Nobody’s Perfect
Yes, Times writers and editors do make mistakes and the in-house feature “After Deadline,” which the public can view, too, takes them to task by highlighting and correcting errors in grammar, usage and style that appear in print.
Rule 9: Fail
Learn from your mistakes and failures, a topic Augusten Burroughs tackles in How to Write How-To”:
… to pass along the knowledge of how to succeed, first you must know how to fail. A great deal, if possible. This is essential because it’s far more common (and easier) to make mistakes than to enjoy success. Being aware of potential points of derailment helps to better and more accurately navigate your readers past your own missteps so they can succeed where perhaps you first failed quite miserably.