What’s in this episode?
In this episode of Red Ink Beer, David Bowman, owner of Precise Edit and author of 9 writing guides,
- answers a tricky question from the Zen Comma blog about using commas between complicated items in a list
- discusses an essential writing strategy paragraph structure and how to start paragraphs from Concise Guide to Technical and Academic Writing, and
- points out a major writing failure from Twitter.
Writing skills are demonstrated with examples and instruction. For more information about David Bowman’s writing guides, please visit http://hostileediting.com.
Video: 11 minutes. Transcript provided below. Continue reading
Sometimes, things are not as good as you expect. Sometimes, the truth hurts. Sometimes, you are not perfect. And you have to write about it. These three strategies will help you write about bad, or embarrassing, information in a way that makes the bad information sound better than it is. You need to tell the truth; that’s a given. But you can tell it in a way that produces a positive, or less, bad reaction from your reader.
Day 146: Put a positive spin on negative information by writing not + [positive term] + [excuse].
When we talk about spin, spinning, or putting a spin on information, we mean writing information in a manner that leads to a particular interpretation. This is used to make good news seem bad or unimportant. This is also used to make potentially unpleasant information seem more acceptable. Spin is very common in the media and political world, but it is also used in everyday writing and speech. You will have to decide for yourself whether or not this is ethical. Continue reading