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How to improve writing (no. 76)
I didn’t go looking for a sentence to improve this morning: this one, from David Brooks, presented itself as needing immediate help.
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4 days ago by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 75)
Every time I look at Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo, I end up rewriting one or more sentences.
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20 days ago by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 74)
“Certainly, no artist as hugely successful as he has been can have struck a chord without owning a piece of his time.” Yuck.
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8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 73)
Today we have rearranging of parts. From a New York Times opinion piece , a sentence that needs improvement.
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december 2017 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 72)
“The portfolio that works even when you aren’t.“
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november 2017 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 71)
Inflated diction, a weak “to be” verb, a nominalization.
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april 2017 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 69)
Writing that represents the speech of someone fleeing an erupting volcano should exhibit greater terseness, greater urgency.
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november 2016 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 68)
I don’t read New Yorker prose (or any prose I’m not editing) looking for things to change: these passages presented themselves to me (or to my bad-sentence radar) as prose in need of repair.
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october 2016 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 67)
Ford Madox Ford’s page-ninety test (and it is page ninety, not ninety-nine), can yield amazing results.
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september 2016 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 66)
A partial sentence from a short piece at The New Yorker website.
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august 2016 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 65); or, CBS, sheesh
“Commander-in-chiefs” and other problems: improving a CBS This Morning story about Ken Burns.
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july 2016 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 63)
From The New Yorker website, a sentence that needs rethinking.
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february 2016 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 59)
“Luckily, the situation could have been far worse.”
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june 2015 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 58)
“The current investigation is ongoing.”
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may 2015 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 57)
When you speak in speech balloons, save some helium.
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april 2015 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 56)
A disappointing sentence from USA Today.
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april 2015 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 53)
If sentences are, as Richard Lanham says, attention economies, they must respect a reader’s time and intelligence. Revision is courtesy.
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february 2015 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 51)
A ponderous start, needless words, and general lifelessness.
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november 2014 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 50)
“I don’t think a copyeditor can be held responsible for mistakes in a writer’s prose.”
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august 2014 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 49)
When you’re composing a bulk e-mail, never forget that you’re composing a bulk e-mail.
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january 2014 by M.Leddy
Subject-verb disagreement in the New York Times
In Garrison Keillor’s review of Deborah Solomon’s Norman Rockwell biography.
grammar  howtoimprove  NewYorkTimes  writing 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Making a sentence better still.
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december 2013 by M.Leddy
Orange Crate Art: How to improve writing (no. 45)
To my eyes, the writer has crammed too many bits of information into one sentence — a problem one sees again and again in news writing.
howtoimprove  NewYorkTimes  writing 
september 2013 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 43)
The work I did to improve two sentences in a recent post.
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april 2013 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 41)
This post is the first to improve my writing.
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february 2013 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 39)
More and more often, I am happy getting it, whatever it is, from the library.
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september 2012 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 38)
I’ve been reading cereal boxes at breakfast since childhood. But it’s only in recent years that I’ve started to edit while eating.
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june 2012 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 36)
When the context is serious, and a pun would do no more than call attention to its maker’s cleverness, block that pun.
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february 2012 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 35)
“What does it mean to have a body like an elephant, but ‘much more so’?“
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april 2011 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 32)
A passage from the book Higher Education?
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december 2010 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 28)
Improving vacuous, pretentious sentences from a brandy bottle
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august 2010 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 27)
Changing Blogger's "View my complete profile"
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march 2010 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 25)
From a book on design, a sentence in need of help
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november 2009 by M.Leddy
Cereals in the hands of an angry blog
No. 21: analysis of sloppy Post cereal box design and copywriting
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june 2008 by M.Leddy
How to improve writing (no. 2 in a series)
From an invitation to an evening of financial aid information
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february 2006 by M.Leddy

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