Day13-Language - Tips for Writers from Authors Editing is...

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Tips for Writers from Authors “Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life.” --Esther Freud British novelist “Do not place a photograph of your -favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed
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Day 13 The Matter of Language
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I. Tone v. Voice Tone -the writer’s attitude towards the material and/or readers Voice -the style of a writer or narrator that makes his/her work unique Also refers to a created persona Narrative voices homodiegetic v. heterodiegetic
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II. Tone De-Elevation* Inappropriate Personal Pronouns: I, me, my, you Contractions: don’t, can’t, etc. Overuse of Linking Verbs: am, is, are, was, were Vague/Informal Language: thing, big, awesome, bad, good, etc. * 2 minutes : Pick one paragraph in your essay, and circle every instance of vague/informal language that you can find (esp. the above). Write the categories that you find on your sheet of paper.
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III. Style Elevation “Choices about sentence structure can also define the style of an argument.” -- everything’s an argument, 421 Four Basic Sentence Types: 1. Simple 2. Compound 3. Complex 4. Compound-Complex
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Simple -1 independent clause He played tennis at Oklahoma State. Compound -2 or more independent clauses He played tennis at OSU, and he was also a musician. Complex -1 independent clause + 1 or more dependent clauses Although she ran track at OSU, she made time for kickboxing classes. Compound-Complex
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