This post is part of the 📖 Everybody Writes series.
Today I am reading Chapter 15 of the book Everybody Writes written by Author Ann Handley.
If you take a running start, cover your tracks
At the beginning of a piece, many of us take too long to delve into the topic. We offer too much setup and background.
It’s a great way to warm up to a topic, but it is advisable to erase the running start, covering my tracks completely and getting to the key point more directly.
I’m afraid I have to disagree with the author on this point. An introduction is an essential piece of any writing. Creating enthusiasm and building curiosity by narrating a story or setting the scene is not a bad idea.
In my opinion, It’s a must-have element to incorporate in our writing. I believe it creates a lasting impression on the reader than just going straight into the topic by throwing some boring stats straight on to our reader’s lap.
An intro paragraph is a necessary element which helps to set the context and tone of what is coming ahead is like providing an important perspective to the reader.
I can’t entirely agree to the author’s views of
come straight to the point without the fluff. 🤷♂️
Notice where words appear in relation to others around them
Misplaced modifiers and odd word order are among the most common errors I see made by marketers—and by most writers, for that matter.
They are also the easiest to correct.
Here’s an example (adapted from a Chyten workbook exercise) of a misplaced modifier (in this case, also called a dangling modifier)
Original: We thought the New York Yankees sucked, having just returned from the playoff game. Corrected: Having just returned from the playoff game, we thought the New York Yankees sucked. Or even better: We saw the New York Yankees in the playoff game and thought they sucked.
Once you start paying attention to misplaced modifiers and confusing word order, you’ll notice it everywhere.
One word you’ll see frequently misplaced is only.
So it’s not: Only publish good content.
It’s actually: Publish only good content.
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Trim the start or lop it off completely.
Rearrange the words in the sentence in relation to the others, and it is the most straightforward correction which gives a clear meaning to the sentence.
Don’t dangle the modifying phrase.
Think twice before placing
only before a verb.
Wrong: Only go to the pub if you have a mask. Correct: Go to the pub only if you have a mask.
Pay attention when you are writing and correct some common errors like misplaced modifiers and reorder odd word order. For more concrete examples, check the book.
I am rewriting the above ☝️ summary with the points taken from the book.
How is this? 👇
When you are writing, pay attention and correct common errors like misplaced modifiers or reorder the words. Check the book for more concrete examples.
Which one is better?
Second one. Right? What do you think? Let me know on Twitter @scriptstar
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Author(s): Ann Handley
Part 10 of 35 in the 📖 Everybody Writes book series.