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Eric
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More style tips..
on: February 26, 2013, 15:31

Use parallel constructions to stress a point. This doesn’t make your statements redundant but crystal clear, so readers can link complex ideas. According to pro-Obama critics, US President Barrack Obama conveys powerful messages by using parallel constructions effectively. Here is an excerpt from one of Obama’s speeches:


“…we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction.”


Keep an eye on your modifiers lest you misplace them. Misplaced modifiers can alter the meaning of a sentence.


She is almost late in all the parties she attends.


She is late in almost all the parties she attends.


Notice how the placement of “almost” before “late” and before “all the parties” change the idea of the statements. If the writer says the subject (she) is tardy in most of her party engagements, the second sentence conveys this message more clearly.


If it doesn’t sound right, it must be wrong. This advice is not from Strunk and White. As a writer, you should be able to hear the music in your writing. You may need to discard grammar’s logic to let out the melody in your book. American writer of fantasy fiction Terry Brooks said, “If you do not hear music in your words, you have put too much thought into your writing and not enough heart.”


More tips coming soon!


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