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Writing with Style

Writing with Style

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Writing with Style

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  1. Writing with Style Chapter 3: Openers

  2. The challenge: • You have 3-4 sentences maximum to gain the reader’s interest and attention. • Your boredom is revealed right away if you: • show unwillingness to use your imagination • show indifference towards the reader • show that you are unclear in your thinking

  3. A good opener… • Has a good thesis– bold, fresh, clearly focused • Uses a direct, “front-door” approach: • Shows assurance, eagerness to share opinion • Shows that authors know what they think, and why they think it. • Example: p. 26-7

  4. A weak opener… • May give a boring or unrelated plot summary • Example: p. 27 • May show the art of saying nothing profoundly • Example: p. 28 • Shows use of the “back-door approach”

  5. The back-door approach shows… • The writer has trouble formulating a point of view, little to argue, and little reason to argue. • The writer is still preoccupied with getting ideas on paper instead of showing consideration of the reader. • The writer does not write for a well-informed reader but instead for a vague, general audience, which leads to padding (= non-essential information, wordiness, b.s.). • Example: p. 28 (top)

  6. Final tips • Read pages 29-31