This is Russell Baker’s advice on how to be a great nonfiction writer:
I had to concede that Catling was not just a good writer, but obviously my superior. They had been right to move him inside ahead of me. I congratulated him on his writing and meant it, and continued cultivating him, hoping some of his skill might rub off. His Oklahoma! review left me with an important lesson about newspaper writing which I tucked away in my head for the day when my luck might change: Don’t settle for writing it the way it’s always been written: dare to write it differently, and maybe you will write it better than it’s been written before.