https://youtu.be/Afa9YwcNWGs The movie above, which hopefully you can play, shows how Ronald Reagan knew when to cut back on wordiness and put some imagery in his dialogue. From the applause, “The Great Communicator” did pretty well. I struggle with this in my writing, cutting down on the wordiness and putting more visuals into it. Sometimes … Continue reading Power of the Particular and the Flashlight.
Striving for Five
I just reached a difficult class assignment, which gives me pause. We all need to be given a break by something that enters into our life, causing us to think, causing us to wonder how are we going to scale this mountain. This assignment has become my Mt.Everest because I don't think I include enough … Continue reading Striving for Five
The teacher of the writing course I am taking likes to peruse all the literature about what helps students learn better and occasionally, if it seems helpful, pass it on to students. Interleaving is something he is passing on with the hope it will help someone. Robert Bork, a psychologist, applied the word to learning … Continue reading Interleaving
Almost, Even, and To
The teacher of the writing course I am taking — Patrick Barry — suggests using the words almost, even, or to in your essays to add nuance to your writing. I was not sure what nuance meant applied to writing, so I looked up the word online to get some understanding. From YourDictionary, I got … Continue reading Almost, Even, and To
Rule of Three
https://youtu.be/P2dZ-CRHYM0 Well, here is another writing tip from my teacher. Rule of Three (or short-short-long) is discussed in video lectures from week 3 of the writing course I am taking from the University of Michigan as a MOOC through Coursera. He gives some good examples, which I will share with you. For the first example, … Continue reading Rule of Three
https://youtu.be/r5NGghH9WeA Deliberate Practice or getting better at getting better is how Patrick Barry puts it in his writing course. When I was a child, my parents wanted a break from us kids and decided to put us in different camps. My parents both worked, and we're quite busy. For some reason, they had forgotten about … Continue reading Deliberate Practice
The Infinite Power of Grammar
https://youtu.be/6x0fJuhH6K4 (The is not an excellent example of writing but an exercise for me at the present moment to try out my writing app and embedding videos in the blog, but I hope to turn this draft into a well-written essay.) ”All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of … Continue reading The Infinite Power of Grammar
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