Keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas for any future book, but complete the one you are working on first. I almost began like that. The language used in applications must be abhorred: I say this also for another reason.
I recently read a Toni Morrison interview in which she said: A sentence should not have more than 10 or 12 words. It is very difficult for me to find time on some days, and it is only this low demand that really makes it even possible to sit down and write.
Another way to think about this is to ask yourself who are the writers, or scholars, or artists, that you are in conversation with. Amitava Kumar 36 Features When I was promoted to the rank of professor, the library at the university where I was then employed asked me to send them the name of a book that had been useful to me in my career.
The rules were a wonderful antidote to my practice of using academic jargon, and they made me conscious of my own writing habits. The use of small words compels you to think about what you are writing. A good paragraph is a series of clear, linked statements. Turn off the Internet.
Choose one book, or five, but no more than ten, to guide you, not with research necessarily, but with the critical matter of method or style.
Even difficult ideas can be broken down into small words. The library then purchased a copy, which was duly displayed in one of its rooms, with a statement I had written about the book: A beginner should take them daily, like a dose of much-needed vitamins.
This was one of the first literary autobiographies that I read. If you have read this essay so far, you are probably a writer.
Every day, for six months at least, practice writing in this way. It may even be getting rid of the bad language habits you picked up at the university.
Do not use big words. I followed the rules diligently for at least a year, and my book Bombay—London—New York was a product of the writing I did during that period.High School Programs Provide Flexibility.
Your courses can fit your unique schedule through the BYU Independent Study High School Programs. Here then are my rules: 1.
Write every day.
This is a cliché, of course, but you will write more when you tell yourself that no day must pass without writing.Download