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How to Write Well (or something like that)

Write short sentences like this. You will be better understood. Repetition gets boring though. Simple writing works best for business emails but not for creative literature or opinion pieces.

If you’re supposed to write like you talk, then writing should be more like playing music. It ebbs and flows, as does the way you speak.

If there was one right way to do things, there wouldn’t be poems, graffiti, or alternative music.

The only prescription is your own intention, to be expressive or lean in (dangerously) to what you’re told.

“Language is not constant. Change is—and anxiety about change is constant too.” 

Johnson: Language Anxieties
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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.