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Unformatted text preview: Rules for Good Writing and Examples of How Not to Use Them Dont double-space after periods and other end marks. Dont put a space before hitting the paragraph key. -0- Get in one tense and stay there. Dont change tense unless the time frame of what youre writing is actually changing. Pay attention to the tense of attributionsgenerally they should be consistent.-0- Start sentences with subjects. Avoid long subordinate clauses. Short sentences are good. Split long, awkward sentences into separate sentences. Avoid parentheses and brackets. Tell readers where you get your information Unfortunate: Whether Captain Kirk himself adopted an attitude of melancholy sadness toward the worlds dominant political ethos (he rarely had much interest in elections and rarely voted, so he probably did), even a close reading of his career path offers no trace of any political activism in San Francisco as a young man. Better: Captain Kirk said he wasnt much interested in elections and rarely voted. His biography suggests he felt the same way as a young man in San Francisco.-0- Try to change prepositional clauses to adjectives or adverbs or leave them out. Unfortunate: These same salacious stories had been presented as fiction in a workshop. Better: The same stories had been presented as workshop fiction....
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course J 330 taught by Professor Todd during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '11