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Want To Write Better? Read Up!

You know how they say “you are what you eat”? Well, I say you write what you read. You’re probably thinking, “Great tip, Captain Obvious” but I doubt people actually digest what this means. Yes, corny pun intended.

 

you write what you read

Think about it. For someone who writes professionally, I am acutely in tune with my strengths and weaknesses. Sure, I can write pretty much anything the client asks for but some take a little more time and effort than others. And my turnaround time lies greatly on how easily the words flow.

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Daily Writing Tip: Foreign words in English usage

Foreign words often used in the English language, what they mean, and how to properly use them.
foreign words in english usage
Ad hoc (Latin) – concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose or end
example: An ad hoc committee was formed to investigate the corruption allegations in the Justice Department.
Angst (German) – dread and anxiety
   example: Teenage angst can be much to deal with.
Bona fide (Latin) – in good faith; genuine
    example: He is a bona fide environmentalist, a genuine green advocate.
Carpe diem (Latin) – seize the day
example: You may be a bit nervous, but now is your chance to shine. Carpe diem!
Dolce Vita (Italian) – sweet life; good life of physical pleasure and indulgence
example: My trip to Amanpulo was pure indulgence. A week of pure, uninterrupted dolce vita.
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Daily Writing Tip: Omit needless words

Vigorous writing is concise.

whitehat copyA sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

– Strunk & White