Showing posts with label creative writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creative writing. Show all posts

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

15 Crutch Words that Can Ruin Your Well-framed Sentences

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Read a very nice write-up in Dictionary.com about common 6 fillers in the English language, and I can totally relate to it. I have come across many people who like to use crutch words or fillers in their sentences. Not only is the excessive usage of these words distracting, but also takes away the essence of your content, and makes it sound unpolished.

Some of the notorious fillers I have come across are:
  1. Actually

  2. Basically

  3. Literally

  4. Really

  5. Apparently

  6. Obviously

  7. Honestly

  8. Like

  9. So

  10. To be fair

  11. You Know

  12. I mean

  13. You Know

  14. Kind of

  15. Hmm..
I am sure you would agree that using these words repetitively in the sentence can get amusing for the listeners or readers, and mar your credibility as a writer or speaker.

If you also have come across any other such crutch words, leave a comment below and share your experiences.

Happy learning!

Love and Live,

Neha Agrawal

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Plagiarism – The Formidable Sin

Writercommits_Plagiarism_the_formidable_sin_Neha_AgrawalTo cite Wikipedia, Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and representing them as your original work.

 What Constitutes Plagiarism?

However, plagiarism has many forms and facets. Let’s have a look –

  1. Copy pasting the entire text without bothering to change even one word



  • This is the most common form of plagiarism. Well, if you are lazy to write your own stuff, or can’t afford to rephrase the original text due to any circumstances, the least you can do is quote the author and give them credit in any of the following ways:

    • Incorporate it into your writing (“According to James, in his biography...”) 

    • Add footnotes or note towards the end

    • Next to your paragraph, add an in-text citation in parentheses

    • Add a Works Cited List

    • Add Bibliography





  1. Changing some random words in between



  • Do you really think that changing every fourth word in a sentence written by another writer, will make it your own work? Not really. If you really want to escape the tough route or can’t write afresh due to any reasons, why take the pain of changing random words?

    • Use the original text verbatim, and give them the credit.





  1. Changing the sentences (paraphrasing), but, keeping the essence of the original text intact



  • Yes, this is also a form of plagiarism, though a bit more involved than the former. Remember the Wikipedia definition - publishing someone’s thoughts, ideas, or expressions as your own is plagiarism! Most of the writers (including me, at times) are guilty of this form of plagiarism. This is unethical, as even though you have changed, paraphrased or rewritten the sentences into your words, but the core subject idea or the content structure is still not your own!

    • So, cite the author for his/her idea




Does Referring Always Means Plagiarizing?

 Referring any information or fact that constitutes common knowledge or practice is not plagiarism. For example -



    • Quoting historical facts in your article

    • Suggesting correct grammar

    • Using Idioms, Phrases

    • Incorporating Mathematical formulas, etc.




 Plagiarism is Not Cool. Period.

Plagiarism is not just a sin, it’s a crime. How would you feel if someone steals your prized possession, and flaunts it the very next day as his own? You don’t even have to reply to that, as I am sure you will be full of anguish and hatred!

Plagiarism or stealing someone’s intellectual property is a similar offence. If it is not your idea, and you are working around it without giving credit to the original writer, you are plagiarizing.

People take plagiarism in a lighter vein and don’t understand its gravity. I have heard some writers justifying copying by saying that everyone seeks inspiration, as not all thoughts are organic. Some say that imitation is the best form of flattery, so it’s kindda fine!

I have a suggestion for writers who want to take the easy route - If you really want to flatter people by imitating, don’t forget giving them a due credit towards the end!

Use safe text. Respect, and be respected.

Live and Love,

Neha Agrawal

 

 

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Keep Your Writing Simple

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I like reading works of accomplished writers, but what makes me really happy are the stories meant for kids! I am not kidding, that’s true…

I guess it’s the simplicity of these short stories that hook me and make me happy. We all know difficult words and jargons, and keep on reading them every now and then; but sometimes it’s great to send your grey cells on a short vacation and enjoy free flowing content. It’s like relishing your favorite Ice Cream Sundae when everyone else thinks you are on a diet!

The basic idea of writing is ‘sharing thoughts’; and if usage of heavy-duty words make your laborious piece of writing incomprehensive, what’s the point in taking so much pain?

If you want to make your writing strike a chord among your readers; KEEP IT SWEET AND SIMPLE!

Don’t confuse your readers with multiple plots, rapped slangs, oxymoron and abbreviation; transform your ideas into simple plots and present them in the form of a simple yet captivating story.

We all want an easy life, hassle free work environment, easy money, and simple & sweet friends. Don’t we? Isn’t it the simplicity that all of us want in our lives? Then why should your writing be all complicated?

KISS principle not only applies to designing, it finds coherence in all walks of life, and the same is true for writing as well. So, let your words flow straight from your heart, like an uninhibited spring from the mountains; I guarantee you will be astonished by the impact it creates.

Words and people are best appreciated when they are simple!

Live and love,

Neha Agrawal.