Archive for E. B. White

How Not to Write Badly

How to write wellAs I write this, I cautiously check each phrase to ensure that it cannot be shortened. I double-check my P’s (periods) and Q’s (question marks) to be sure they are properly placed.

I look over my shoulder to see if the ghosts of William Strunk and E.B. White are watching as I type, eager to interrupt and correct my grammar.

I think back to my college years when their book The Elements of Style was required reading in my beginning journalism class.

Blame the Internet

Today, those of us who blog, post to social networks and text message can learn from their admonitions: use the active voice; omit needless words; put statements in positive form; use definite, specific, concrete language; and so forth. Ah, if only. Read More→