Essay 2: Writing With Style

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Essay 2: Writing With Style Fewer words. Two word sentences. Trimble’s lessons on how to become a writer strikes at the fundamentals of how writing has been traditionally taught. As a student, learning how to write usually involves the tedious process of how to best shape your thoughts into the rigid structure of teacher expectation. At times, this best resembles trying to fit an elephant into a refrigerator. A student’s mind is noisy and cluttered, but expansive; however, teaching to memorize rule after rule of how one should write limits the ability for students to convey their thoughts. Experimentation with prose and diction is only to be saved for poetry and creative writing. Yet Trimble finds a way to shed a new light on those who have …show more content…
As Trimble writes, a veteran writer is a conscious writer. It becomes much harder to picture the reader’s emotions and reactions while typing this paper in solitude, staring at a soulless computer screen. This disconnect makes it harder to create the mental picture of having a friendly conversation with the reader. Not only that, but the grading process in writing has also led to the failure to write in a more conscious manner. Writing papers ultimately comes down to how can a paper pack the most amount of information while maintaining the standard of writing expected by the teacher. Very little thought is put into thinking how the paper sounds when read aloud, or how the paper flows when read by someone else. There is pressure to sound like someone you aren’t while writing in this style, similar to how Trimble put it as taking on a godlike pose. Taking these points together, I previously found writing as more of a selfish task. But the truth is that the writer must serve the reader. Keep the paper interesting and engaging. Give the reader a reason to turn to the next page. Add in something fresh that has never been written before. Picture having an active conversation. Lead the reader through the writing. I want to take many of these thoughts with me for papers in the …show more content…
Be direct; instead of using fancy wording, use precise language when conveying thoughts to the reader. Being brought up to learn lists of complex vocabulary, I had the idea that you should always use longer words. Doing so would make the writing sound smarter, regardless of whether or not these foreign words clarified the message I was trying to convey. But using choice words in writing, words that more accurately support the flow of my writing should be used instead. Just because a word sounds longer does not necessarily mean it holds as much power and meaning as a shorter counterpart. Trimble cracks down on this especially when it comes to adjectives, in which case he says to remove most adjectives entirely. Additionally, I was fascinated with how shorter sentences should be used whenever possible. Trimble puts it best when he writes, “a skilled writer writes as if she were paid for each word she deletes” (49) as opposed to writing a dime per word. Personally, I find myself victim to grasping at straws when writing, looking for any argument possible to extend my writing. Schools enforce the idea that more is more. If you argue more and add more information, the paper is bound to receive a higher grade. However, for writing a truly persuasive essay, careful attention to word choice and sentence structure is a

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