Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V3 #966

From: George Upper (
Date: 20 Nov 2001

--- wrote:
> What is most commonly most wrong with inexperienced
> writers is that they
> haven't yet learned to say precisely what they mean.
> Being aware of
> this, they go round and round hoping to hit on the
> point in the end. To
> tell _them_ to cut the wordage is a part of the
> process of tightening up
> meaning.

That's a very gracious statement--I want more professors like you.

Having tutored undergrad writers for the past several years, I would have identified the major problem as inflating the text in order to meet the minimum page number requirement given by the instructor. First, increase the margins. Second, increase the font size.
 Third, switch from Times New Roman to Courier New. Fourth, go back through the paper and see where you can add "the fact that" or other equally useful phrases.

But maybe I'm just a cynic.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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