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Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]
Hinermad

Diana,

I’ve always loved that Pascal quote about the long letter. I deal with that issue in design all the time. As one of my managers put it, “The best design looks like you didn’t do any work on it.” It’s easy to pile on components and code and documentation until the pile does everything it’s supposed to. The genius is in removing as much as you can and have it still work. I’ve known a few engineers who had that genius. None of them work at my current company. (Fooey.)

I tend to be fussy about passive voice too. Every time I read it I wonder, “What are they hiding? Who are they trying to protect?” It sounds like something one would use when testifying at a Congressional hearing.

Dave

08/30/15 @ 20:36
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]
Hinermad

Diana,

P.S. Regarding writing deliberately: a departed friend of mine did all of his writing on paper with a fountain pen. He said it forced him to slow down and think about what he was going to write before he ever put ink to paper. Then when he was done, he’d key it into the computer.

Dave

08/31/15 @ 19:32
Comment from: diana [Member]

Yes!

Hemingway, i have read, would type out his manuscript, then go through it with a pencil, then type again, rinse, repeat (5 - 10 times).

I understand how difficult it is for cadets to do this, considering the onerous demands on their time, but…they still have to, if they hope to learn how real writers write.

d

08/31/15 @ 19:53
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]  
Aunt Bann

I probably get wordy more than I should, but usually only in my notes or letters. When I’m writing a poem or story, I try to not do that!

09/09/15 @ 23:34
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]
Hinermad

Diana,

Just wanted to say “thank you” for the academic wisdom you’ve been posting here for the past few years. I’ve passed some along to my son and it looks like it’s paying off. He just started classes at a liberal arts college here and he’s noticed how the work that’s expected of the students is very different from what he saw in high school, and even at the community college. But he’s not intimidated by it.

Dave

09/11/15 @ 10:41
Comment from: diana [Member]

You’re most welcome! I’m honored to contribute. Very.

And… thank you.

d

09/13/15 @ 02:33


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