How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

How to Say Nothing in 500 Words by Paul Roberts


1. Avoid the obvious content – List your ideas. Write about ideas that are not in your list.

2. Take the less usual side – Challenge yourself to defending the side you’re not comfortable with.

3. Slip out of abstraction – Be concrete, illustrative or ecdotal.

4. Get rid of obvious padding – Do not extend sentences just to reach the word number requirement.

5. Call a fool, a fool. πŸ™‚

6. Beware of the pat expression.

7. Colorful words – The fancy words are not always better.

8. Colored words – Be careful with the use of loaded words.

9. Colorless words – Be careful with your use of vague words or cliche.

Muchas gracias, English 30 class!


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