Posts tagged ‘word choice’

May 15 2019
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Writers, master the art of word economy

Writers, master the art of word economy

Adapted from a 2016 Center post about how to pare down a first draft by looking at specific elements of the writing, one at a time. Word economy is the practice of using fewer words to say more. For less practiced writers, it means revising your work to eliminate redundant, unnecessary, cliché, or weak language to make your writing stronger and clearer. Once you practice word economy enough during revision, you will teach yourself how…

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Apr 25 2018
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Teacher feature: Teneice Durrant on the pleasure of choice in writing

Teacher feature: Teneice Durrant on the pleasure of choice in writing

Poetry Writing teacher Teneice Durrant shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? TD:  For me, the pleasure that comes from writing and the pleasure that…

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Sep 20 2017
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5 reasons why word choice matters so much in good writing

5 reasons why word choice matters so much in good writing

Writing is one set of choices after another—about imagery, sound, what to include, what to leave out, who to name, who to kill off, where to give background info, when to let readers fill in the blanks for themselves, and so on and on and on. I want to talk a little about our building blocks, as writers: individual words. In workshops and writing courses or groups, feedback frequently references “word choice.” One of my…

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