Have you heard of Word Bytes?

Today I read some articles related to my current study. I am particularly impressed by one of them called Word Bytes – Writing in the Information Society by Carolyne Lee. It is really easy reading and has some great advice. I found this link that includes the list of contents and more.

http://www.mup.com.au/uploads/files/acmo/WordBytes-intro.pdf

Reading a book

Reading a book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The author calls passive voice as “limp and lifeless” and active voice is when the most important “character” is at the start of the sentence. She tackles a lot of grammar that I had forgotten existed. She makes it sound interesting and exciting (that might be pushing it a bit far :-))

I found another tip about helping my writing to flow. To quote Carolyne “When we put in our sentences things that are unfamiliar to our readers, we give them a reason to stop reading”. She says “If we do not do everything possible to pull our readers along and make the reading experience easy and pleasurable for them we give them a reason to stop reading!”

I only read chapter 2 for my studies but I will consider buying a copy of the book to add to my collection. If you are looking for something in this field, I would recommend it. I spend a lot of my time studying lately. I don’t get much reflective time as I would like and as a result, I don’t have many new ideas to blog about. It is only one more month until mid-semester break – yea!

Cheers for now

Lorraine

PS the Writing Helper at WordPress STILL found passive voice in my blog – only once for a change so I must be improving!

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4 thoughts on “Have you heard of Word Bytes?

  1. To quote Carolyne “When we put in our sentences things that are unfamiliar to our readers, we give them a reason to stop reading”.

    I truly believe that’s why people read Stephen King. I call his work “historical fiction” because it’s fiction but he often references real places, things, and events. For example, I graduated from Texas A&M University, and in “The Stand” one of the characters played football at Texas A&M.

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