Five ways to make your writing cleaner (and more interesting)

As a journalist, I strive to make my writing as clear and as clean as possible. AP Style demands that pieces report as much news as possible in the least amount of words. Over the years, I've learned how to cut out words that clutter my sentences, replace passive voice with active voice and put … Continue reading Five ways to make your writing cleaner (and more interesting)

Rhetoric: “purpose, subject matter, audience, and context”

“[Style is] a series of both conscious and unconscious choices that writers make about everything from the words we use (diction) and their arrangement in sentences (syntax) to the tone with which we express our point of view (e.g. ironic, formal, or colloquial) and the way we achieve emphasis in a sentence (e.g., by placing … Continue reading Rhetoric: “purpose, subject matter, audience, and context”

Book Review: The Forest for the Trees

The relationship between editor and writer is a difficult one—the editor must help shape a writer’s novel while both considering the market in which the book will be released and the requests of the writer. “The art of editing,” Betsy Lerner says in her book The Forest for the Trees, “is a dance one engages … Continue reading Book Review: The Forest for the Trees