Breaking the Rules of Writing

By Gary Blake | June 2, 2017

  • June 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Tom Lynch says:
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    Hi Gary,

    Here are a couple of suggestions for aspiring writers one doesn’t usually hear in writing seminars:

    1. As much as possible, eschew adverbs.

    2. Avoid the word “that.” For example, one most often sees something like this: “I told him that the problem was….,” instead of, “I told him the problem was…” Of course, there are times when “that” is appropriate, even required, but most often it detracts from the power of a sentence.

    Tom

  • June 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    Mark Rankin says:
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    Every serious writer should have a well-worn copy of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” on his or her desk.



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