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Transitional Words and Phrases - Three reasons to use them →

What are transitional words or phrases?

Transitions are phrases or words that are used to connect one idea to the next.

Why do we need transition words?

  1. They provide coherence to a story.
  2. They help writers bridge the gap between ideas.
  3. They provide a signal to the reader about what is coming next in the writing.

The chart in the post has a variety of transitional words and phrases, and it shows us how we should use them.

— 6 days ago with 69 notes
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155 Words to Describe an Author's Tone →

What is tone?

Tone refers to an author’s use of words and writing style to convey his or her attitude towards a topic. Tone can be defined as what the author feels about the subject. What the reader feels is known as the mood.

Tip: Don’t confuse tone with voice. Voice can be explained as the author’s personality expressed in writing. Tone = Attitude. Voice = Personality.

Tone (attitude) and voice (personality) create a writing style. You may not be able to alter your personality but you can adjust your attitude. This gives you ways to create writing that affects your audience’s mood.

The mechanics

Tone is conveyed through diction (choice and use of words and phrases), viewpoint, syntax (grammar; how you put words and phrases together), and level of formality. It is the way you express yourself in speech or writing.

How do you find the correct tone?

You can usually find a tone by asking these three questions: 

  1. Why am I writing this?
  2. Who is my intended audience?
  3. What do I want the reader to learn, understand, or think about?

In formal writing, your tone should be clear, concise, confident, and courteous. The writing level should be sophisticated, but not pretentious.
In creative writing, your tone is more subjective, but you should always aim to communicate clearly. Genre sometimes determines the tone.

Here are 155 Words to Describe an Author’s Tone

by Amanda Patterson

— 3 months ago with 129 notes
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Abbreviations - Five Tips for Writers →

An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. 

  1. An abbreviation is not pronounced as it is written. Examples: We pronounce Dr as Doctor, Jan. as January, abbr. as abbreviation.
  2. An abbreviation usually ends in a full stop. Examples: subj., etc., Pres., adj., Dec., Fri., Univ.  
  3. If the abbreviation ends with the last letter of the word, you do not use a full stop. Examples: Dr, Mr, Mrs, St, Ave, Sgt 
  4. If the initial letters of words make up an abbreviation, you do not use a full stop. This is called an initialism and the letters are pronounced separately. Examples: SPCA, UK, HIV, BBC, CIA, UN, CD 
  5. If the initials of a group of words form a new word, it is called an acronym. The word is pronounced as spelt and no full stops are used. Examples: NATO, AWOL, Aids, Scuba, Laser, Asap (See Seven Rules for Acronyms)

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Three Steps to Better Business Writing - Ethos, Logos, Pathos →

What is persuasive writing?

Persuasive writing uses words to convince the reader to listen or to act. Great business writers use persuasive writing in proposals, articles, newsletters, memos, emails, requests for meetings, speeches, and reports.

Persuasive writing has to sway your reader intellectually and emotionally. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle divided persuasion into three categories of appeals called Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

1. Ethos – Be Credible
By appealing to credibility, writers make their claims more believable. The writer builds on his or her ethos by writing with clarity. The writer will be more credible if there are no errors in the writing, as well as no errors in the subject matter.

2. Logos – Be Logical
By appealing to logic, writers persuade. A successful appeal to logos requires tangible evidence, e.g., a quote from a reliable source. The writer appeals to the rationality of the audience.

3. Pathos – Appeal to Emotions
By appealing to emotions, writers persuade. This is possibly the most important of the appeals. If you judge a mood, or correctly address feelings about the subject, you can win over an audience.

Most persuasive writing techniques use all three appeals. 

Writers Write Tip: Be credible, be logical and appeal to your reader’s emotions.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 11 months ago with 109 notes
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