How To Write An Introduction by Lynn Reynolds

How to Write an Introduction: Your Three-Step Guide to Doing It Better, and Doing It Faster

Whatever you’re working on, you too can write excellent introductions by rethinking your writing process, and by taking a tip from journalism. 1.    Write Your Introduction Last Seriously. That’s because I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen writers stuck at the first sentence because they’re trying to write the introduction first. But […]

George Orwell hard at work rejecting foreign words.

Should You Use Words of Foreign Origin When Writing in English?

George Orwell thought not. So should foreign words and phrases really be verboten, or can they add a certain je ne sais quoi to your magnum opus? Orwell’s essay Politics and the English Language is a good read for anyone interested in the art of clear and truthful written communication. I recommend it as a […]

There’s No ‘I’ In Report Writing. Apparently

The passive voice: anyone who’s ever written a lab report or student essay will be mighty familiar with this concept. And they’ll possibly, like me, think it’s an absolute disaster. So, in case you’re among the fortunate uninitiated, what is the passive voice? Well, it’s that special stylistic affectation which makes most academic writing almost […]

Word of the Week: Metonym

Yes, folks, I’m talking rhetoric again. I just can’t leave the subject alone. Today’s word is a figure of speech you use–whether you know it or not–whenever you say or write something like, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Here’s how my Chambers Dictionary app defines metonym: My favourite example of metonymy is found […]