Posts Tagged ‘style’

Paul J. Silvia writes a guide on academic writing

18 July 2020

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Paul J. Silvia, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. Washington DC: American Psychological Association, 2007

Think about your week: Are there some hours that are generally free every week? If you teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, maybe Monday and Wednesday morn- ings are good times to write.” (Silvia, 2007), page 13


Paul J. Silvia recommends to set some specific, attainable objectives:

“_Write at least 200 words.
_Print the first draft I finished yesterday, read it, and revise it.
_Make a new list of project goals and write them on my whiteboard.
_Write the first three paragraphs of the general discussion.
_Add missing references and then reconcile the citations and references.
_Reread chapters 22 and 24 from Zinsser (2001) to recharge my writing batteries.
_Finish the “Setting Goals” section that I started yesterday.
_Brainstorm and then make an outline for a new manuscript.
_Reread the reviewers’ comments of my paper and make a list of things to change.
_Correct the page proofs and mail them back.”(page 32)


There is a difference between writing academically and doing a first draft. See: “WRITE FIRST, REVISE LATER
Generating text and revising text are distinct parts of writing-don’t do both at once. The goal of text generation is to throw confused, wide-eyed words on a page; the goal of text revision is to scrub the words clean so that they sound nice and make sense.”(page 75)


How to be good at English (31-40 tips)

4 July 2020

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How to be good at English (31-40 points)
Eugenio Fouz

31.Learn about phonetics (look for the phonetic transcription of words, stress, etcetera).

32.Work your orthography. Check spelling and meanings in dictionaries.

33.Use connectors in a personal way, that is, do not overuse “and”, “but” all the time. Try using other connectors such as “nevertheless”, “however”, “above all”, “what´s more”. Or else, use commas for juxtaposition as in “Get ball pens, pencils close too

34.Content: have something interesting to say or write. If not, Depeche Mode´s permitting; “enjoy the silence”.

35.Watch TV series rather than films. Good stories create addiction. Use original audios. Use subtitles as well.

36.Borrow, copy, get, buy manuals of grammar, dictionaries, literature, phonetics, culture, stories, tweets, proverbs, comics, newspapers.

37.Keep blocs or moleskins close. Get ball pens, pencils close too. Write, write.

38.Travel to the UK or any other country where English is spoken.

39.Avoid repetition. Read what you write afterwards. This is called proofreading. Get used to it!

40.Style: you write the way you are.


Bohemian Rhapsody slow (Angelina Jordan)

21 April 2020

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Ana de Armas, actriz


“Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone”
She started singing. A Swedish girl called Angelina. The opening lines
Reminded us or maybe, reminded me the voice of a woman in love, a Norma Jean saying happy birthday to
The President John F. Kennedy. Then, the young girl showed the lyrics of a dying man, the artist in exile who cries his lonely truth, that he does not want to die. Mercury rising, ah




Bohemian Rhapsody


Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality

Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy
I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows
Doesn’t really matter to me
To me

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away




Klinkenborg´s pocket book

4 April 2020

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KLINKENBORG, Verlyn. Several short sentences about writing.

New York: Vintage Books, 2012

This book I have read means a lot to me as regards to writing style. Reading those 204 pages helped me think, -re-think, in fact-the way I make sentences. The small pocket book deals with the creation of sentences.

The page numbering avoids writing odd page numbers. Don’t ask me why but I found that original, strange. The author only had to mark even pages.


1/”Short sentences aren’t hard to make” (page 4)

2/”The voices of former teachers, usually uttering rules.

Rules like, “Don’t begin sentences with ‘and’.”

(It’s okay. You can begin sentences with “and”.) * (page 6)

3/” See which words the sentence can live without” (page 12)

4/”It’s your business to know the names of things” (page 43)

5/ “A cliché is dead matter” ** (page 45)

6/”Read until your ear detects a problem” (page 53)

7/”Never stop reading” (page 149)


*reference to William Strunk´s The Elements of Style

** I was told this same idea years ago by the poet Luis Antonio de Villena


Eugenio Fouz.-4.4.2020





Roy Peter Clark’ s “Writing tools”

30 March 2020

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Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
by Roy Peter Clark

It was amazing. I love this handy handbook on literature and journalism. Paragraphs of Tom Wolfe and other writers. Read it passionately using a mechanical pencil. Plenty of words underlined, plenty of ideas jotted down into a bloc. It has been a wonderful, stylish read.

Eugenio Fouz’s review Mar 23, 2019



Journalism as Literature (Ronald R. Rodgers’ s blog)

27 March 2020

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ronald r rodgers

I am a follower of Ronald R. Rodgers

See the picture on the right side column

of efnotebloc

His blog is here:

the struggle for the soiudl

The cover of The Struggle for the Soul

of Journalism (R. R. Rodgers)

[on my books to read list]


The text below is one Rodgers offers in his website


On this occasion Richard Gilbert writes about

top 10 essays of all time:


A reader & a writer´s routine (just 3 essential things)

15 February 2020

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Just 3 essential things 


1/pieces of literature and journalism

2/HANDBOOKS on history, method, literature, journalism, style









E. Fouz.-15.02.2020

PhD, sophomore



Focus On Reading (schedule) + EXTRA

16 September 2019


E. Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo (A. Dumas)


Focus On Reading 


1/Literature pieces:Pynchon, Bioy Casares, Flannery O´Connor, Mallarmé, Paul Éluard, Rafael Cadenas, John Donne, Ray Bradbury

2/New Journalism pieces:Plimpton, Sack, Reed, Breslin, McGinniss, Didion, Capote

3/Criticism:Raymond Williams, Roland Barthes, Terry Eagleton

4/Handbooks of English literature:Dobson, Whitla, Daiches

5/Handbooks of American literature:Jack Salzman, Paul Lauter, Richard Gray

6/Books on Journalism: Kovach, Liebling, McLuhan, Freedman, Rosenblum

7/Manuals on style:Theodore Berstein, Strunk,  William Zinsser, Steven Pinker, Ann Handley, Ray Bradbury, William Safire










26 of the best books on writing


The 50 Best Books for Journalism Students


“The types of suit every man should own” (Fashion Beans)

24 July 2019

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Extract of the article 

“The types of suit every man should own”


Fashion Beans editors

“There are few guys who don’t aspire to one day own a walk-in wardrobe filled with every type of suit, but we’re often in the dark as to how to get there. For the remainder, suits are a necessary evil: an insurance policy for professional and social occasions that you want to spend the bare minimum on.” (…) 

1/the Plain Navy two-button suit

2/the Plain Grey two-button suit

3/the Dark Double-breasted suit

4/the Dinner suit

5/the Summer suit

6/the Check suit


continue reading:


N.B: website on classes of fabric


types of fabric



A gentleman should own some of these suits but he should be fit and stylish.

Good manners, elegance and nobility

“What Font Should I use?” (Dr Mark Womack)

10 June 2019

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Extract from Dr.Mark Womack 

What Font Should I Use?

“The Modern Language Association (MLA) provides explicit, specific recommendations for the margins and spacing of academic papers. (See: Document Format.) But their advice on font selection is less precise: “Always choose an easily readable typeface (e.g. Times New Roman) in which the regular style contrasts clearly with the italic, and set it to a standard size (e.g. 12 point)” (MLA Handbook, 7th ed., §4.2).

So which fonts are “easily readable” and have “clearly” contrasting italics? And what exactly is a “standard” size?

For academic papers, an “easily readable typeface” means a serif font, and a “standard” type size is between 10 and 12 point.

Use A Serif Font

Serifs are the tiny strokes at the end of a letter’s main strokes. Serif fonts have these extra strokes; sans serif fonts do not. (Sans is French for “without.”) Serif fonts also vary the thickness of the letter strokes more than sans serifs, which have more uniform lines.” (…) 


Continue reading here:

Writing Handbook Style


Dr Mark Womack writes a brilliant blog  



Journalism As Literature

A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen


Disentería literaria


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