I am sharing this excellent article on writing.
It is particular relevant to those who might be struggling with Writer’s Block. But, the advice here is useful for us all as we plug away at our writing day by day. Enjoy!
By John Randolph Bennett
Definitions get a bum rap, probably because we all remember the clunkers we’ve seen (and perhaps written ourselves) in high school papers, superfluous definitions arriving with all the grace of a Zamboni machine blundering into the opening moments of a figure-skating competition.
You know the kind of definitions I’m talking about:
“Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is a tragedy. Merriam-Webster (Eleventh Edition) defines tragedy as: ‘1. A disastrous event. 2. A serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (such as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terror.’”
But definitions have their uses, not only in ensuring that the reader and the writer are both working from a common understanding of key terms, but also, in some cases, even aiding the writer with topic discovery and the organization of form.
Let’s dismiss the Zamboni stereotype right away…
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