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You cannot be an effective writer unless you spend ample time studying the great writers.
“Because of” and “due to” are different parts of speech, so following basic syntactical rules will help you confusing the two in your writing.
Avoid these common writing errors to strengthen your message.
Using choice words leads to stronger prose and decreased ambiguity. If you catch yourself using enumerations or descriptions instead of a single, on-point term, make a point to look for excessive wordiness in your prose and edit ruthlessly.
Fiction writing and non-fiction writing are radically different beasts, and competence in one doesn’t necessarily translate to competence in the other. For starters, you actually need to prep a novel instead of just assuming that you can sit down and let a coherent narrative spin from your fingers like Bach from Glenn Gould’s keyboard.
Many frequent abuses of English usage and syntax won’t register with most readers but will sound like fingernails-upon-chalkboard to educated editors. Avoid these five common problems to reduce your risk of sounding like a third-rate hack.
Recall the basic law of medicine: First, do no harm. Would that editors obeyed that same dictum.
Roll up your sleeves. Cut the crap excuses. Do, then assess. Be honest. To do otherwise is to stare at that blank page and hoping the blood dripping from your forehead will somehow magically turn into prize-winning prose.
Last week I received a most unhappy email: The Associated Press announced that it introduced a new update to its comprehensive, industry-standard style book. To wit: hopefully The traditional meaning is in a hopeful manner. Also acceptable is the modern usage: it’s hoped, we hope. Correct: “You’re leaving soon?” she asked hopefully. Correct: Hopefully, we’ll [...]