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Archive for May 2016

Steps to Effective Writing (2)

Step 1. Write in Specifics – part 2 The following selection from Joseph Conrad’s Typhoon is full of sharp, clearly defined terms. After explaining that the ship Nan-shan, on her way to Fu-chau, had two hundred Chinese coolies on board, Conrad goes on with: The foredeck, packed with Chinamen, was full of somber clothing, yellow… (read more)

Steps to Effective Writing (1)

Step 1. Write in Specifics – part 1 Writing in specific, concrete, definite terms is the most important single principle the student of effective writing can learn. General, abstract, and vague terms are deadly foes of effective writing. They rob writing of all its vitality; they give the reader the unpleasant sensation of having entered a schizoid world in… (read more)