Sunday, March 05, 2006

Style Summary 3

Lesson Three is titled "Actions" and it is about understanding clarity and being able to write something in a clear, concise manner. It states that the main problem is understanding the differences between clear and unclear sentences and in order to do that "you have to understand what counts as a well told story." In order to understand properly, one must begin with matching actions to verbs and characters to subjects. It shows examples of sentences rewritten to be less confusing and dense which was very informative for me because now I can look at the sentences that I can't figure out in articles and such and look for the characters and actions and correlate the basic meaning. It tells how readers think that using a lot of abstract nouns makes writing unclear. I learned that characters and actions can be placed pretty much anywhere in the sentence but that it is best to make them coincide with the subjects and verbs. The next think discussed was how revising is a three step process consisting of diagnosing, analyzing, and revising. These steps are carried out by first looking for abstract nouns as simple subjects and by finding at least six or seven words before a verb. Then you decide who the main characters are and what they are doing. Then you designate the characters as the subjects to the actions occurring. It also goes into great detail about the use of nominalizations, when and how to spot them, and then how to change them into verb form for easier comprehension. Lastly, it discusses how it is hard to judge your own paper and that we need to look at our paper's in a mechanical way, underlining the first seven or eight words and making sure to see the subject/ character, action/ verb relationship, and then revising the sentence accordingly.

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