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Let’s Return to Direct Lead Paragraphs

A Wandering Lead and Three Revisions Writers must compose direct lead paragraphs or risk losing readers. A wandering opening finds readers lost, wandering somewhere else. A direct opening can’t guarantee that a reader will continue but a clear, direct path … Continue reading

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Revised Post on Revising

NB: I wrote this post last year and titled it “More on Revising.” (internal link) I noticed tonight that it needed more work so I have revised this post on revising. Argh. Editing never ends. More on Revising — Updated … Continue reading

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Not Only

Not Only “Not only” is a phrase which brings negativity to a piece and prevents you from directly and quickly stating your position. Original: Not only is ice cream tastier than sherbet but it appeals to more people. Revised Ice … Continue reading

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Fighting Wordiness

I once revised copy for a painter’s home page. The original text was only 250 words or so. These changes were the most important. It’s not just about reducing word count but making text more direct and impactful. Fighting wordiness … Continue reading

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Shun “tion”

Slow and Soft Notice how slow and soft these “tion” words are compared to their more active counterparts: division, dividing multiplication, multiplying addition, adding revision, revising motivation, motivating contention, contending summation, summary Shunning “tion” in Practice “tion” deadens writing I … Continue reading

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Revising, Style, and Time – Revised

Revising, Style and Time Excellent writing takes time which you may not have. Tighter writing is better writing by making reading and understanding easier. That writing, though, takes time and alters the style of a piece. In revising other people’s … Continue reading

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10 Minutes of a Writer’s Observations

Proofreading, comprehension, the value of the right translation, and who to read on Zen. ROUGH TRANSCRIPT OK, 10 minutes of a writer’s observations, my perspective. If you are writing something that is particularly critical, like in the law or good … Continue reading

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My 1,000th Post

This is my 1,000th post at this site. Posting began here in 2013. I have been writing on the internet since mid-1994 and before that in walled gardens like Compuserve as well as bulletin boards before that. I did quite … Continue reading

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We The Few . . .

We The Few . . . I found an interesting web page with its content below, as various people phrase a common thought in various ways. Here’s the thought: “I’ve done so much, with so little, for so long, that … Continue reading

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Amen and Awoman?!

Monday, January 4, 2021 “When I use a word,”Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘It means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” In the news this morning: “Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., altered … Continue reading

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