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It is your right , nay, your duty, to sound authoritative and able . So let your competence shine through, not by calling attention to yourself, but by saying what you have to say wisely and well . Don't tell your readers-show them. Many beginning writers make this cardinal error: They describe their thoughts, feelings , and attitudes about a subject rather than allowing the facts , action , and evidence to speak for themselves. " You can tell me that "The ship was heavily weighted. " A picture is worth a thousand words.
Give them some tips. You, I, everyone reads with the same basic question: What's in this for me? Entertainment? Instruction ? Inspiration? Emotional comfort? Laughs? Whatever the impression you wish to make, there must always be a payoff to it , always some way in which it fulfills a reader's needs. You as writer must determine what these needs are, these problems , these yearnings and emotional gaps-and fill them. Introduce a humorous or dramatic motif, then use it later with an ironic twist. A story opens with a man lying in a hospital bed .
A familiar, personal, occasionally intimate tone. 5. Relatively short, pithy sentences which are sometimes grammatically incomplete. ) Generally speaking, unless a writer is hemmed in by the inexorable dictates of highly formal writing, as in a 39 A MANUAL OF WRITER'S TRICKS master's thesis or an article for a medical journal, colloquial is the voice of choice. Why? Because this writing style allows an author elbow room (a colloquial phrase) for colorful expression and creative tangenting (a colloquial neologism).
A Manual of Writers Tricks, David L. Carroll