Jonathan Brun

More Writing Technique

Just read a solid essay on how to write essays. It dispels a lot of the usual standard crap we were taught in high school (intro, development (3 points), repeat intro in the form of a conclusion) and outlines where essays came from and what they are really for: exploring an idea, not making an argument.

Essay here.
Published on February 27, 2008

Rules for Writing

Here are the six rules (and their origin) I try to follow when writing:

  1. Avoid the verb ‘to be’ and all its forms (is, am …). – Grade 10 English Teacher, Mr. Shannon
  2. Write something once, then cross out the unnecessary words. – Yves Faguy
  3. Avoid the use of “I” because it is stylistically poor and it bad for the ego. – Good to Great
  4. Use positive language (i.e. avoid no, can’t, won’t) because people prefer positive thinking. – Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  5. Use sub-titles, chapter headings, etc. – Yves Faguy
  6. Open and close paragraphs with short, positive statements.
Hope that helps.
Published on February 22, 2008