Date of publication: 2017-08-31 00:06
Awesome post, Jon. I think there is a huge load of difference between academic writing (compo writing!?!), business writing (the kinds which bosses expect in a proposal), and writing for communications and persuasion.
I 8767 ll have to add myself to the 8766 dissenting voices 8767 column. Not much of a writer, in fact I think my writing is quite ghastly compared to some of the work I produced in the very educational system you seem to denounce. I get that 8766 real people 8767 want 8766 gritty, interesting, opinionated 8767 and all that, but writing for public approval is, in my opinion, as bad as writing for good grades.
Fortunately, my experience with university professors has been much different. I have completed restrictive assignments, but the majority of writing I have done has granted me a high level of flexibility in regard to the topic and direction of my writing. In addition, several of my pieces have been written to address a public audience, and one I am currently working on is being written with the intent to publish. This not only allows me to be innovative with the approach that I take on my topic, but it provides me with incentive to focus on my content and how its presented. Overall, this style of instruction has encouraged me to exceed the expectations set in place by the instructors rather than making me feel as if I 8767 m working against the current in attempt to survive the monotony.
Nice primer on the differences between scholarly writing and news writing. The suggestion that scholarly writing is BAD writing is a bit jarring. It seems I 8767 m not the only reader who would have appreciated a nod from Jonathan noting that blogging should be more like news articles, less like research papers, and then go on, rather than just pulling out his sledgehammer.
So you think ice climbing and hang-gliding are extreme sports? Then you need to try experiential empathy, the most challenging—and potentially rewarding—of them all. HEPs expand their empathy by gaining direct experience of other people 8767 s lives, putting into practice the Native American proverb, “Walk a mile in another man’s moccasins before you criticize him.”
I admit it this is a controversial one. Many excellent writers still hold that profanity has no place in professional publications, while others feel comfortable using curse words occasionally.
At the end of the day, there 8767 s no formula. That was what I liked best about Jon 8767 s post he turned the responsibility around where it belongs, with the writer. We each have to find our own path.
In this post, I don 8767 t think you are really discussing BAD writing habits. You discuss some bad habits, and then some writing habits that are simply not effective when used in mediums such as blogs.
My granddaughter is a perfectionist, probably too much of one. She will feel her failures, and I will want to comfort her. But I will also, I hope, remind her of what she learned, and how she can do whatever it is better next time. I probably won't tell her that failure is a good thing, because that's not a lesson you can learn when you're five. I hope I can tell her, though, that it's not the end of the world. Indeed, with luck, it is the beginning.
Which presentation are you referring to? There are three.
I 8767 ve just checked all of them and they seem to be working fine.
I suggest you use another browser, just in case!
I love this article. I 8767 ve been teaching writing for 66 years, and yet, when I started writing and editing for the industry, I realized, academic writing is just academic writing well, people in the industry are sooooo busy, and they have no time for looooooooong essays with APA, Harvard, or MLA citation. Really. Writing is knowing the audience first, and academic writing isn 8767 t fit for the industry I think learning academic writing gives us a chance to 8775 know the rules 8776 and writing for the industry teaches us to 8775 break the rules 8776 . If we wanna be read by people in the industry, we better break the rules sometimes...