Writers in the Storm often supply good lessons. This is a particularly cogent first-page critique that takes aim at some my worst foibles: too many metaphors, authorial intrusions, details readers don’t need, details they do need–what about you? How would you rate this first page?
MORE “DIGITAL HUMANITIES”: Finding Genre Signals
Ryan Omizo and William Hart-Davidson, in a special section of the Journal of Writing Research, present a tool for digital text analysis that detects the differences in novice and expert academic citation practices, helping graduate students understand the genres relevant to their fields.
AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Use Parallel Structure in Writing for Voice and Style
Check out these ideas and examples for building rhythm and coherence in your writing through the use of parallel structure to add detail.
NEW AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Overbudget on “To be”? Use “Absolutes”
Use “absolutes” to cut back on “to be” verbs in progressive tenses, and build your voice as well.