Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Improve Your Writing

When you write, above all else, experiment with different techniques to see which word combination best represents the stimuli that you seek to capture.  Cast your picture. Read it. Then ask yourself, “Is this communication representative of the stimuli that I want to capture?” What combination of words best represents the picture you want to capture?

Know your options
  • Sentence Fragment
  • Clause
  • Phrase
  • Word
  • Paragraph
  • Sentence
Adjective Choices   
  • Adjective
  • Relative Clause
  • Present Participle
  • Past Participle
  • Linking Verb
  • Infinitive Phrase
  • Appositive Phrase
  • Prepositional Phrase
  • Past Participial Phrase
  • Present Participial Phrase
Noun Choices
  • Noun
  • Gerund
  • Gerund Phrase
  • Noun Clause
  • Pronoun
 Adverb Choices           
  • Adverb
  • Adverb Clause
  • Prepositional Phrase
  • Infinitive Phrase
  • Absolute Phrase
 Verb Choices
  • Transitive
  • Intransitive
  • Di-transitive
  • Complex-transitive
  • Linking
Voice Choices
  • Active
  • Passive
Mood Choices
  • Indicative
  • Imperative 
  • Subjunctive
Punctuation Choices          
  • Comma
  • Period
  • Em-dash
  • Colon
  • Semicolon
  • Parenthesis
Ownership Choices           
  • Apostrophe/Apostrophe ‘S’
  • Prepositional Phrase
  • Possessive Pronoun
  • Relative Clause
Arrangement Choices
  • Where will I put my adverb phrase?  (Read your sentences aloud.  Your ears will help you decide where phrases, words or clauses fit naturally in a sentence.)
  • How far will I situate my participial phrase or relative clause from the word that it modifies? 
  • Do I want to reverese my subject-verb order? 
  • Will I use an expletive construction to invert the subject-verb order? 
  • Should I make the reader pause?                                                                                                            


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