Gregory Honan

Major(s), Concentration(s): Political Science
Minor(s): Public Administration, International Studies
Year at Elon: Junior

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
Grant and scholarship proposals (Truman Scholarship, Elon's Lumen Prize); guest column in The Pendulum on the 2012 election; communications for David Gergen, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and CNN Senior Political Analyst (this includes news briefs, book summaries, and research reports his upcoming book); and reports as executive intern to the Office of the President at Elon.

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
2012 Lumen Prize Proposal

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
Lindner reading room

4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
Yes.  I can't have anything in my pockets and I always map out my ideas on notepads before I begin writing.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
Henry David Thoreau.  He had a remarkable ability to paint vivid pictures of his surroundings and express profound ideas in simple language.  Not to mention, we are both New Englanders.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
Writing news briefs for my internship with David Gergen.  I had to take massive amounts of information and put it into a few sentences, all before he was scheduled to appear on CNN.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I would like my writing to be more succinct.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?
Read as a principle of life.  You can't write well unless you read all the time.

9. What else (if anything) would you like to say?
I cannot stress the importance of reading.  There are thousands upon thousands of writers in history who are better than I am, and the best way to learn how to write is to read their writing.