Be specific.

This is not easy.

This is not easy because YOU know what you’re writing and you assume the reader does. This is not easy because we don’t read our work out loud. This is not easy because we don’t have friends good enough to ask them to read our work out loud to us.

Ah, well.

For instance… if you write a sentence like this, as I just did for a rough outline I’m doing…

because it is a third world country, they use steam locomotives & he writes formula down & takes train to capital city…

And you had only vaguely established that we are in Bangladesh… you might want to be specific and say…

because Bangladesh is a third world country, they use steam locomotives & he writes formula down & takes train to capital city…

Make it clear to the reader. He or she is the one you have to impress, not your boyfriend, who already adores you beyond all reason and will say anything you write is just swellsville, baby.

Second example.

He takes it to the University.

Room for confusion? You betcha. What you should say is…

He takes his discovery to the University.

Be specific.
All the time.
That’s how you win Oscars and stuff like that.

btw… Did you catch the logic flaw in the above piece? I did. If you’ve got a boyfriend who thinks your work is peachy keen, then you do have a friend who likes you enough to read your work out loud to you. So, if he does exist, put him to work!

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