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What to avoid when writing:

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by subhead, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    Avoid an opening sentence that's 50 words long. Guy at my last shop did it all the time and never understood what was wrong with it. And now he's teaching others how to do it. aghghg!
  2. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    I don't think that's a very good hard and fast rule.
  3. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I always thought this, too. Where I now work, they insist on today, tomorrow and yesterday.
  4. ARD

    ARD Member

    You don't really need "improved to," either. "Is" works fine when you just need a couple of more words deleted to fit the line in.
  5. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    If you use the phrase "on the season" in a newspaper, not only should you be fired, you should have to serve a one-year sentence listening to 24-hour sports talk radio, where "on the season" is spouted as often as misinformed opinion.
  6. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    How do you screw up volleyball? If the winning team drops two games and wins three, you have to put the losing scores first: 20-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-10. Or 25-20, 23-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7.
  7. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    some people are just stupid
  8. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Well, the thing is, this is lockbolt style for many newspapers.

    So I wouldn't say don't use "yesterday" or "tomorrow." That might be what you're supposed to use.


    In the same vein as "on the season," keep an eye open for using "in victory" or "in defeat." Chances are you can lop those words off.
  9. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Joining "on the season" in Writing Hell should be its bastard cousins "on the year" and "on the game."
  10. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Adverbs come cheap.

    "Very" sucks.
  11. Dale Cooper

    Dale Cooper Member

    Never, ever, ever describe something as "special."
  12. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I avoid using that sentence altogether. There are plenty of places you can insert the record without using an entire sentence on it. "Racine (13-4) expanded its lead in the conference to four games over idle Rockford." "At 32-8, the Suns are on a pace that would leave them xxxx wins short of the Bulls' 72-10 mark. "
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