Writing Masterclass: Words (Strategy 1 in the Writing Masterclass Series)

Rachel Leroy, Stop Striving and Start Thriving

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10 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Intro (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strategies)

      5:34
    • 2. Introduction and Writing Words: Repetition Strategy 1 Technique 1

      3:01
    • 3. Writing Words: Cliches Strategy 1 Technique 2

      3:23
    • 4. Writing Words: Vague Words Strategy 1 Technique 3

      3:51
    • 5. Writing Words: Adverbs Strategy 1 Technique 4

      2:30
    • 6. Writing Words: Adjectives Strategy 1 Technique 5

      2:52
    • 7. Writing Words: Qualifiers Strategy 1 Technique 6

      5:08
    • 8. Writing Words: "Ing" Verbs Strategy 1 Technique 7

      2:15
    • 9. Writing Words: Bracket Technique Strategy 1 Technique 8

      5:36
    • 10. ClosingThoughts

      2:07

Project Description

Streamlined Writing Project

Strategy 1: Writing Words in the Writing Masterclass Series

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This course includes eight techniques to help you activate and streamline written pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and possibly poetry through effective use of words. The course will make your writing stand out right away!

This course includes eight concrete and actionable techniques for improving your word usage in sentences. Put each one into practice as you create a new writing piece or as you revise a newer or older already-written piece. Once you have completed the piece, please post the new piece or a before and after version of your revised piece so we can see your wonderful changes, then consider the next part of the series, "Writing Sentences." Or, go through all eight courses in the series and then post your final copy or before and after copies to the "Writing Habits" course.

Eight Videos/Techniques, One Exercise

  1. Introduction: This lecture introduces Strategy 1 Words: "Strip every sentence to its cleanest components." William Zinnser. It also explains Strategy 1 Technique 1, Repetition: Cut repetitive words and phrases.

  2. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 2, Cliches: Eliminate cliches and overused phrases.

  3. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 3, Vague Words: Replace vague words with concrete substitutes.

  4. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 4, Adverbs: Reduce adverbs usage in sentences.

  5. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 5, Adjectives: Reduce adjective usage when it adds nothing new to a noun's meaning.

  6. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 6, Qualifiers: Cut words that qualify conditions, perceptions, and situations.

  7. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 7, "Ing" Verbs: Limit use of "ing" verbs.

  8. This lecture explains Strategy 1 Technique 8, Bracket Technique: Use William Zinnser's Bracket Technique.

  9. This lecture includes exercises to put the techniques in Strategy 1 into practice. The document comes in a downloadable PDF file.

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