Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Writing: a professional style guide from 'The Economist'


This is my newest discovery: a how-to-write-well guide from the excellent magazine, The Economist, for professional writers.

It's organised alphabetically, so just search through it for what you want.

It contains gems of information such as:

'Long paragraphs, like long sentences, can confuse the reader. “The paragraph”, according to Fowler, “is essentially a unit of thought, not of length; it must be homogeneous in subject matter and sequential in treatment.” One-sentence paragraphs should be used only occasionally.'

Remember that these are rules for CLEAR WRITING, not for writing IELTS ESSAYS,which are somewhat different (though not very different - clarity is still key!)

Link on Writing Page

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