By Michael Harvey
Engagingly written and illustrated with rankings of telling examples, this plainspoken how-to e-book for school writers identifies these characteristics that almost all more often than not distinguish stable writing from undesirable and offers functional measures for warding off pitfalls.
Included are do's and don'ts for attaining concision, readability, and stream, in addition to tips about utilizing punctuation, writing gracefully, mentioning resources, and structuring persuasive writing.
Championing "the simple style" with a prepared appreciation for the makes use of to which language could be placed —including abuses to which it truly is services — The Nuts and Bolts of faculty Writing is a advisor that by no means fails to remind readers why reliable writing issues loads within the first position, in collage and beyond.
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In writing, as in joke-telling, timing matters. 4. Use Conjunctions and Other Linking Words Introductory prepositional phrases lead naturally to our fourth and final technique for enhancing flow: conjunctions and other logical linking words. We'll consider two similar kinds of links, conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs. Conjunctions—everyday words like and, but, and or— show relations between words, phrases, or clauses. Conjunctive adverbs—dressy academic words like furthermore, although, on the other hand, and in conclusion—tend to take up more space and draw more attention to themselves.
Use Pronouns and Other Pointers Inexperienced writers tend to prefer big words to little ones. But experienced writers, less anxious to show off their learning with every word, make frequent use of some of the shortest and humblest words in English—definite pronouns, possessive adjectives, relative pronouns, and relative adjectives. These little words point (or relate), in their respective ways, to something already named or known (an antecedent). , me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them, whom, this, that).
The revision distills the original second sentence into one word, popularized. Its third sentence builds links by 22 23 Flow repeating important terms, stage and denial. All of this helps speed the reader on. In this chapter we'll look at four techniques for achieving flow in your writing: (1) deploying consistent and logical characters, (2) using pronouns and other pointers, (3) designing sentences with punch lines, and (4) signaling logical steps in your argument with conjunctions and other linking words.