Welcome to Effective Writing, a practical nuts-and-bolts approach to writing and self-editing.
The tips and hints included in these presentations come from practical editing experience, from working with writers on their stories and identifying the practical issues many writers face. It's not about finding inspiration, it's about polishing the work ... taking the dross and making it gleam!
The list of presentations and topics is expanding, so if you have an issue you would like covered, please email email@example.com ... it may be on its way.
You can also view tips on effective writing by going to Making the most of your writing
But listed below are all the online presentations currently available.
More will be coming SOON!
WARNING! If the slides do not match the commentary, then your network connection is too slow.
bold beginnings - 006 NEW!!
getting around 'gotten' - 005 coming soon!
And here you will find a brief tour of the Pure Slush website: Introduction to Pure Slush
Pure Slush editor Matt Potter introduces features of the website and its publications. (4m16s)
A sentence is not a proper sentence without a verb ... yet many writers dilute their verbs by using too many, or using weaker, less active alternatives.
In this presentation, Pure Slush editor Matt Potter looks at using fewer but stronger verbs, being more precise with verb choice, being more truthful with verb choice, and choosing the stronger verb when verbs have the same meaning. (6m10s)
'gotten' is one of the clumsiest and ugliest-sounding words in the English language. It can have many meanings ... but working around it is simple, and in this presentation Pure Slush editor Matt Potter looks at many of the solutions.
Click here for presentation 005 - coming soon!