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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ineffective (iii)

Some characteristics of a certain type of ineffective prose:

Abstraction. Often we don't know what the writer is talking about. There are abstract concepts, but nothing specific that we can put our finger on.

Self-Absorption. The writer seems more involved with herself than with the task of communicating, proud of her particular positions. A use of a lot of feel-good language masks the absence of justification.

Gratuitous melodrama or didacticism.. There is a sense of urgency or a call to action, but the writer cannot define what it is he really wants us to do.

1 comment:

Clarissa said...

I have been guilty of the second and the third writing sins. Something to work on!