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Ron Cooley, English Faculty

Writing Style

With strong punctuation and grammar, my writing is technically strong, but what can I do to improve my writing style?

You can always improve precision. It's amazing how approximate writing is, and my...one mantra is: say exactly what you mean. I look at my own writing, and I think I just pointed my reader in the direction I wanted him or her to go, and I didn't say exactly what I mean, and that...quest for precision in language for exactly the right word, or for a sentence that says precisely rather than approximately what you mean, is a lifetime thing.