Tag Archives: writing style
Are Writers Made or Born? by Jack Kerouac (transcribed for the first time!)
I transcribed this article from two image files at the Writer’s Digest website. I have introduced line breaks of my own to make the text more readable online. This is a six minute read. Kerouac reserves the word “genius” (and … Continue reading
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
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
The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo
The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) I think of Kipling (internal link — one of several) as a master of putting down difficult dialects on a page, similarly skilled as Mark Twain. The confidence and style … Continue reading
Revising, Style and Time
Tighter writing is better writing by making reading and comprehending easier. That writing, though, takes time and alters the style of a piece. In revising other people’s writing, crisp writing costs. Before: There are various underlying causes as to why … Continue reading
Communicating Poorly With Approval
“My opposition to interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.” James Thurber Arguing for substance and … Continue reading
Musings on Readability and Consistency
Shorter sentences tend to be more readable than long ones. Since I usually write long sentences in my first drafts (a part of brainstorming, writing whatever comes to mind), my revisions find me breaking those long sentences into shorter ones. … Continue reading
Hunter S. Thompson and 9/11
Originally written for ESPN (external link). Penned when few facts were known, many of his predictions came eerily true. A distinctive writing style all his own . . . Fear & Loathing in America By Hunter S. Thompson Page 2 … Continue reading
What Is This Writing Style Called?
Do you know what this writing style is called? E-mail me if you know. You must read several hundred words before you find out what the author is writing about. Rather than quickly defining a subject, this style does scene setting to … Continue reading
How do I Develop My Own Writing Style?
Your writing style develops naturally out of your experiences and preferences. I’m not sure you can use more adjectives, metaphors, or quotations than you would normally would without sounding pretentious or affected. Tom Robbins’ writing went off in spectacular tangents … Continue reading