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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Editing Principle 11: Be Wary of Lists


Many nonprofessional writers pepper their writing with lists. I don’t mean bullet points — that’s a whole other subject — but these types of phrases: “flounder, fail, or seldom perform at their best” or “authenticity, nostalgia, innovation and issues of sustainability” The hope seems to be that if one item in a list doesn’t grab…