These two chapters were very helpful in terms of how in chapter five it was talking how to avoid wordiness. I feel as we grow up he all have learned that the more words you can fit into an essay, paper, or even paragraph the better. This section was helpful in ways of getting your head out of that habit. They give a lot of examples of how to take sentences and take out all the extra bits. It goes on about how to just keep your words as specific with lhaving less. This is very helpful for a reminder on how to write.
In chapter six I like how it goes into active verbs because all through my years I was never taught a way to keep what a verb was in my head. This whole chapter was very informative to how giving a better active voice and knowing what to use can impact your writing.
Linking verbs were a big one for me, so reading this part was probably the part that stood the most.
It is ironic that the topic discussed in class and chapter five are the same. I am starting to catch myself fixing my wordiness. It is refreshing to be told not to worry about the vocabulary, which was pushed down our throats in school. Higher vocabularies made me insecure in my writing, Zinsser’s idea is that it makes it harder to read.
Luckily, editing a sentence’s wordiness also focuses on repetition. Punctuation should be edited as often as the words to avoid run-on sentences. When using parallel structures, third times the charm. The idea of always using three examples as been present but went unacknowledged for most of my writings.
Even as an example, the sentence on page 139 sums up chapter five, “When you read your copy aloud, you make sure your rhythms are right, your words are necessary and your sentences are direct.”
I have never understood active voice. The first two pages of chapter six clarify the difference between action verbs and active voice so perfectly it’s like I was reading a Grammar for Dummies book.
Ch. 5 is a important chapter. It takes about how people like to talk to much. In journalistic writing you want to get the point across and nothing else. I feel we’ve been engineered through our writing career to fill our writing with as much extra as possible. Thats one of my favorite parts of writing this way because id also encounter coming up short on the length but having my point across. This happens to be the only time I’m short on length however.
Ch. 6 dives into active and passive voices in writing. Ive always struggled with proper uses of each, so this chapter was very useful to me. Active voice pairs well with Ch. 5 as it allows you to speak right to the point. This allows a more direct way of communicating while using confidence to get your message across.
I felt that chapter 5 was really trying to drive home the importance of the journalist considering the audience in his or her writing. The goal of journalistic writing– and nearly all writing– is to communicate ideas. If the “murkiness” of the writing obstructs this goal, then the writer may as well have never put his or her fingers to the keyboard. It seemed especially important to me that the text stressed “concise” writing, and cutting out unnecessary words and phrases in order to get the story across in as few lines as possible.
Active voice, which is discussed in chapter 6, is also beneficial to achieving the goal. It’s always seemed to me that active voice makes writing seem very straight-forward, because of its formatting. It also just makes more sense. No one says “the rope was jumped by Sally.” Sally jumped rope. Keep it simple.
Chapter 5 honestly made me ponder. I sat there after reading wondering if I over use words. The “wordiness” chapter 5 was speaking of is prevalent in some of my writing, however not all. I liked how the chapter said that cutting too many words would make reading whatever you were writing unentertaining and unbearable. Due to this, I will try my best to assist my writing by making sure my words are quick and concise, but not too watered down.
In chapter 6, it speaks of active and passive voice. In my daily life, I happen to get the two mixed up quite frequently, even though I speak fluent English! Though, as the chapter says, it’s one of the hardest things to grasp in the English language. I especially mix the two up when I am speaking quickly or am either speaking in front of a crowd and become nervous. This chapter has very much helped me find the differences between active and passive voice, and I will most likely be doing some of the exercises the book gave to attempt to solve my grammar issues!
This chapter pissed me off. Probably not for the reasons you think though. I love to exercise my vocabulary. When I do this, I tend to use much bigger words than necessary. This book is the first time anyone has ever called me out on my poo poo and told me what’s what. So I am pissed purely on principle. Other that that, I loved what I read. This book is great. I will have to chill out and write exactly what I mean, and I look forward to the challenge.
I write a good number of short film scripts, and a lot of the information in this book covers techniques that I use in writing scripts.
The KISS method is great. It’s much better that a similar moto a past teacher used to use; “Write what you want the audience to remember, and don’t screw it up”. However, I have been using Keep It Simple Stupid on employes for years to make sure they don’t overthink a simple task.
I have no doubt that I will have to work at keeping my writing down to the essentials and not embellishing to much, but I take the challenge gladly.
Chapter 5 is the best writing workshop I have had. It goes through everything. I can’t believe that I didn’t know most of the things Knight talks about. I re-read several sections just to make sure I could use this information.
As for chapter 6, I love active voice and been using it for years. I come from a film background. I write several scripts a month. In the film industry, If a potential investor reads passive voice in your script, they close it and throw it away. It’s serious. I also love the way active voice gets places faster. It tells you what you want, now.
Chapter 5 starts out with how some writers can go to far with their titles of the articles they write. It is easy for writers to modify the titles so the article stands out more. But the audience relies on the titles to give them the news quick and easy to read. If I can’t even understand what the title of the article means I’m was less likely to click and read into it.
Chapter 6 talks about the use of active voice. I’m a fan of getting my information in a form that makes it easiest to read. Active voice gets straight to the point, allowing the reader to absorb, digest and make an opinion about a subject before any false information can get in. Knight’s writing points out things we see in our everyday life when gathering information from articles and makes it easier to understand why we think these things.