It has been so long since I have posted here, and I truly apologize for my neglect. I’m now going to start posting as often as possible, at least a couple times a month. I thought I would resume my journey on this blog with a question that inspired writing tip number five: Do you really know the difference between these commonly mixed-up words? Improve your diction by learning the difference between the following (five, since this is writing tip number five) pairs of words below.
These words both describe something that is difficult to read because the text has been damaged or obscured, but unreadable can also refer to the poor quality of the content.
Incomparable: An intensifier to mean that what is being described is so excellent that no other thing can compare
Uncomparable: Something about what is being described prevents it from being compared to anything else
Inequality: Quantative connotation; except in references to racial/gender discrimination when it means something similar to inequity (see below)
Inequity: An inequality borne of injustice/unfairness
Tricked you there. These words basically mean the same thing, except that inexplicable has also developed a connotation of an illogial or irrational quality.
Valuable: Something that has value
Invaluable: Something that has value that, because of its quality or intangible importance, cannot be quantified
Hi everyone! Happy New Year — wow, I can’t believe it’s 2013 already!!! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to post on this blog more, especially since I didn’t even post at all in December.
To ring in the new year, here’s a writing tip: don’t overuse these words — they were already overused in 2012.
And without further ado, THE MOST OVERUSED WORDS OF 2012:
From the Business blog Quartz:
From the social networking for professionals website LinkedIn:
From the Shift Communications PR Agency:
From Lake Superior Universitiy’s “Banished Words List”:
From Atlantic Wire:
Alliteration, puns and rhyming are three of the best techniques to draw a reader into your work, and you can use them to your advantage. However, when used ineffectively, your work can turn into a disaster. Here’s the pros and cons of these three literary techniques.
– Alliteration can entertain as well as inform the reader at the same time when used in moderation.
– It’s fun to write. Notice the title of this post – “accidental alliteration.” That was an accident, I can assure you. Let’s not pretend here, you find this hilarious.
Alliteration can backfire if it’s overused, since readers will focus on the alliteration itself and not the message you’re trying to convey.
– Puns can be used to fool a reader, and they are smart literary devices to use when trying to convey meaning.
– You feel on top of the world when you find a pun.
– Unintended punning. It may come out wrong because it was unintended.
– It’s melodic.
– Especially in poems, rhyming usually works in favor of a literary work.
– Too much rhyming is a pain, unless having a perfect rhyme scheme helps develop the theme of your poem.
– Rhyming prose. Just don’t do it.
If you feel like telling others about your life through your writing, but don’t think it’s interesting enough, this post is for you. How do you make a mundane series of tasks sound interesting and intriguing? Here are some tips!
* Alternate Sentence Length
If every sentence was the same length, your piece would not be intriguing, therefore vary the word count. Listen to music, speeches, TV shows, movies, anything, for inspiration.
* Move Your Words Around
Basically, edit your work. You’ll be surprised how much better it sounds in the end. Mix & match words until they are in the exact place that you want them to be. The most important element in a sentence should be at the very END.
* Rhythm = Mood
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Match the rhythm of the words to the mood you’re in. If you’re angry or upset, make the sentences flow into each other, and vice versa. It’s also important to consider the mood you wish to convey to your reader.
Write in the active, not the passive voice.
This is probably one of the most common mistakes that writers (yes, including myself) make. If you’re unclear as to exactly what I mean by “passive” voice, take a look at this example.
Problem: Passive Voice Constructoin
(noun) (verb phrase) (noun)
Example: “We were invited by our neighbors to attend their party.”
Solution: Active Voice Construction
(noun) (verb) (noun)
Rewrite the sentence to open with “our neighbors” (it’s a stronger sentence opener, trust me):
“Our neighbors invited us to attend their party.”
Note: Yes, it’s challenging, but with time and care in correcting passive voice mistakes you will be on your way to becoming a more proficient writer, because you will have clearly singled out the subject of the sentence.