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    2013-11-02 08:06   5人喜欢

  • bcczh

    bcczh (且听风吟)

    P15 I would put brackets around every component in a piece of writing that wasn't doing useful work. Often just one word got bracketed: the unnecessary preposition appended to a verb ("order up"), or the adverb that carries the same meaning as the verb ("smile happily"), or the adjective that states a known fact ("tall skyscraper") . Often my brackets surrounded the little qualifiers that we...

    2019-01-16 11:04   1人喜欢

  • 苏诺

    苏诺 (相去甚远。)

    “Make a habit of reading what is being written today and what was written by earlier masters. Writing is learned by imitation. If anyone asked me how I learned to write, I’d say I learned by reading the men and women who were doing the kind of writing I wanted to do and trying to figure out how they did it. But cultivate the best models. Don’t assume that because an article is in a newspaper...

    2018-10-19 21:00   1人喜欢

  • 苏诺

    苏诺 (相去甚远。)

    “You’ll never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades of meaning that is almost obsessive.”

    2018-10-19 20:51   1人喜欢

  • 苏诺

    苏诺 (相去甚远。)

    “This is the problem of writers who set out deliberately to garnish their prose. You lose whatever it is that makes you unique. The reader will notice if you are putting on airs. Readers want the person who is talking to them to sound genuine. Therefore a fundamental rule is: be yourself. “No rule, however, is harder to follow. It requires writers to do two things that by their metabolism are...

    2018-08-07 04:07   1人喜欢

  • YZ

    YZ (Let's rock from the bottom!)

    On the leaking battleship Arizona sunk by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 that a bureaucratic fiat prohibiting children under 45 inches tall from visiting the Arizona Memorial: “I don’t think children are too young to appreciate what that ship represents,” Magee told me. “They’ll remember it if they see the leaking oil — if they see that the ship is still bleeding.”

    2015-01-14 17:20   1人喜欢

  • YZ

    YZ (Let's rock from the bottom!)

    MOUNT RUSHMORE: “In the afternoon when the sunlight throws the shadows into that socket,” one of the rangers, Fred Banks said, “you feel that the eyes of those four men are looking at you, no matter where you move. They’re peering right into your mind, wondering what you’re thinking, making you feel guilty: ‘Are you doing your part?’ ”

    2015-01-14 17:20   1人喜欢

  • YZ

    YZ (Let's rock from the bottom!)

    A reporter once asked Joe DiMaggio how he managed to play so well so consistently, and he said: "I always thought that there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn't want to let him down.

    2015-01-12 21:06   1人喜欢

  • 任娣

    任娣 (小而大)

    纯粹因为太好笑了…… Take a class of writing students in a liberal arts college and assign them to write about some aspect of science, and a pitiful moan will go around the room. "No! Not science!" the moan says. The students have a common affliction: fear of science. They were told at an early age by a chemistry or a physics teacher that they don't have "a head for science."..;.

    2013-04-09 15:56   1人喜欢

  • tangerine

    tangerine (like a warrior)

    Nobody can write a book or an article "about" something. one man pursuing one whale. Every writing projected must be reduced before you start to write. therefore think small. decide what corner of the subject you are going to bite off, and be content to cover it well and stop. an unwieldy writing is a drain on your enthusiasm. as for what point you want to make, every successful piece...

    2012-03-19 12:04   1人喜欢

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