Writing Advice

George Orwell on Concision and Precision

Students (and all writers) frequently have problems with precision and concision. Naturally, during the writing process, students will produce woolly, imprecise sentences that only hint at the  intended meaning and/or sentences that have only tangential relevance to their paper.  This can be overcome by rigorous  self-editing. However, attempting to objectively evaluate your own work is never easy. Fortunately, George Orwell provides some simple but effective questions to ask yourself each time you write or re-write a sentence. Moreover, while Orwell in  this case refers to sentences, the same questions can be applied to paragraphs (Note: questions 3 & 4 concern journalism & storytelling not necessarily academic writing).

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HT to http://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/quotes-about-writing where you can find lots more useful writing advice from literary greats

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