Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on Good Writing

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on Good Writing

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Price's Write - Don't Never Be Using No Groovy Slang, Hep Cats

The Price's Write features tips I have run across or discovered myself through my years of writing and teaching writing. They are offered as suggestions to help you become a better writer. Our explanations will be brief, but I think if you follow these tips you can improve your writing. And more importantly, your audience will notice that improvement.
The anti-slang association is still alive and well in formal writing. Slang doesn't fit there.

However, in informal writing consider your audience. If use slang words, make sure they apply to the readers of your writing. For example, it wouldn't be wise to use 21st Century Hip-Hop terminology in an essay dealing with the dangers of obesity for those over 65.

The key rules when using slang are:
  1. consider your audience and write accordingly
  2. make sure any slang you used would be understood by your anticipated reading group
  3. use slang sparingly
  4. don't use it just so you can appear hep, or hip, or cool, or whatever today's words are for such attitudes.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Price's Write - Don't Use Contractions

The Price's Write features tips I have run across or discovered myself through my years of writing and teaching writing. They are offered as suggestions to help you become a better writer. Our explanations will be brief, but I think if you follow these tips you can improve your writing. And more importantly, your audience will notice that improvement.
The old rule of never using contractions in writing is great to follow if:
a) you want to sound like a robot or
b) your language style is that of a pretentious 90-year-old English teacher.

Today's world is much informal than times past. While you will still want to avoid overusing contractions in academic and formal writing, you'll want to use in online and informal writing.

In such writing, you'll want to achieve a conversational tone and saying I can't get no satisfaction is much better than saying No matter how a person tries, they will be unable to obtain any satisfaction.
I mean who wants to argue with Mick Jagger and Keith Richard.