Keaton Benfield: Reading Response #2

These two chapters gave me some important tips on how to be more concise, direct and even how to spot what would be called murky writing. A lot of the information Knight gives in these chapters will definitely be helpful for me going forward, especially when it comes to cleaning up my own sentences and being more direct with what I am trying to convey to the audience.

I’ve struggled with writing more information than is needed, not only because of all of my English major habits but also because I am afraid that I will leave something out that the audience may need to understand. However, Knight shows us that you can present all of our information by simply changing up verbs, sentence structure or even dropping complex sentences altogether and separating them so that it does not feel redundant or bloated with content.

Both chapters provided me with great examples of all of these issues and I know I will look back at them for future reference. I haven’t really noticed it until now but I can sometimes get active and passive voice mixed up in my writing and figuring out where they both are supposed to be will definitely improve the quality of my work and the way that I get information across to others. I also found the last paragraph of Chapter 6 to be very important, where Knight says that we still need to have fun with our writing, and we can still develop or keep our own writing style when writing in a way that might be a little different compared to how we are used to writing.

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