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阅读2分钟,受用一辈子

无论英文写作,还是中文写作,最基本的原则是有内容不废话,所以几乎所有的作家都认为当文章在遣词造句上应当精炼到减无可减。这个原则在现在的网络文章中更需要一丝不苟的遵守。英文写作中甚至要做到不多用一个介词,其他比如so,or 和 well等等的连词,如果出现频率过多,也只能说明作者的思维不够清晰。

作者用3年时间总结的4个提示:

拒绝用thing

禁止为了补充说明使用括号

不多用介词

删除多余的连词和句子

原文链接:https://writingcooperative.com/

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This 2 Minute Read Will Make You Write Better Forever

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
The following 4 tips took me 3 years of writing to collect, but will only take you 2 minutes to learn. Your writing will be better forever.
Refuse to use the word “thing.”
Each thing can be described in more detail. When we don’t we’re just being lazy. Don’t drown the cake in frosting to avoid baking a new one.
Let a device be a device, a trait be a trait, a feeling be a feeling.
Before:
“This is the greatest thing my parents taught me.”
After:
“This is the greatest lesson my parents taught me.”
No brackets.
Like “thing,” parentheses only weaken what you actually want to say. If you want to say it, say it. If not, don’t.
Whether it’s the brackets that are unnecessary or what’s in them is for you to decide. But one of the two is. At least 99% of the time.
Probability is on your side when you ditch them.
Before:
“You must pass a (ridiculously hard) course.”
After:
“You must pass a ridiculously hard course.”
Fewer prepositions.
Many of us need to free up time these days. But time doesn’t go anywhere on its own. Not up. Not down. You don’t have to pull it. You take it. Or make it.
Don’t free up time. Make time. Don’t move out. Just move. You won’t miss out on the concert. You’ll miss it.
Sometimes we even add two unnecessary prepositions to one verb.
Before:
“He wants to meet up with Sarah in the morning.”
After:
“He wants to meet Sarah in the morning.”
Eliminate redundant references.
The reader arrived from your last sentence. She’ll remember it. Don’t begin the next one with a preposition or injection.
“So” doesn’t say so much, “as before” breaks my flow, “or” repeats the obvious alternative. “Well” means you’re not done thinking, well, take more time to write.
Never reference the end of your previous sentence at the beginning of the next one.
Before:
“Writing improves your thinking. With this in mind, I suggest you write daily.”
After:
“Writing improves your thinking. I suggest you write daily.”
We’ve known what makes good writing for almost 2,000 years. Often, it takes just a few seconds to improve a sentence. If you want to write a book, that’s still a lot of seconds.
Four tips, two minutes of learning, but a lifetime of discipline to apply them.
Will you find it?

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