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2. A nonscholarly vocabulary. 3. " 4. A familiar, personal, occasionally intimate tone. 5. Relatively short, pithy sentences which are sometimes grammatically incomplete. ) Generally speaking, unless a writer is hemmed in by the inexorable dictates of highly formal writing, as in a 39 A MANUAL OF WRITER'S TRICKS master's thesis or an article for a medical journal, colloquial is the voice of choice. Why? Because this writing style allows an author elbow room (a colloquial phrase) for colorful expression and creative tangenting (a colloquial neologism).

Visitors come here weekly to vacation. Sensible visitors, telephone operators from 47 A MANUAL OF WRITER'S TRICKS Houston, TV repairmen from Ohio. " "Promoted? " The words burned in his head. He lay in ambivalent silence for a moment. The sparrows on the windowsill quarreled loudly. He wondered what they were quarreling about. "I can't make sense of it, Crawford," he finally said in a whisper. " Three ways to keep your reader emotionally involved: 1. Present a mystery, then unravel it in stages.

Whenever you can, bring your readers into the action. Transport them ro the scene on the magic carpet of details. Be specific. Use words that evoke images. The more visually oriented a piece of descriptive writing is, the better it transmits an author's intent. " In the following examples, note how the concrete, visually oriented sentences convey a miniworld of atmosphere and implication, and how the general sentences, devoid of such imagery, fall flat. 30 TRICKS FOR MORE EXPRESSIVE, COLORFUL WRITING General Concrete I tripped and fell to the ground.

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