ASA Styleguide The link between good writing and critical reading When you are assigned a research paper, you will not normally be reading for fun.
By Nicholas Klacsanzky Today I decided to make an unusual post. To fix this historical injustice, I am posting a fragment from the very first short story ever written by me okay, the oldest short story that I could find in my archives. I was around 16 years old when I wrote it, and I remember how proud I felt when I finished it.
I thought it was perfect, a literary masterpiece at least. His black clothes looked threadbare, as if it was exposed to the sun, winds, and rains for years; a cigarette in his hand was his proven friend throughout all of his journeys.
A pretty waitress approached his table and asked him if he would like more coffee, but he only shook his head and continued gazing in his book. The waitress pursed her lips, probably offended by such an ignorant attitude, and left. She could not have known that she reminded him of a woman he used to know a long time ago, when he lived a regular life and was still capable of dreaming about happiness… He sighed and lit another cigarette, pretending to keep reading.
How long ago did it happen? He could not remember. All that remained in his memory was the pain of loss, when she left him for the sake of some older rich moron. So what if he had a lot of money? So what if he could take her to Maldives anytime she wanted?
That rich old man could never give her what he could: A piece of cheesy writing where nothing happens, full of cliches and trivial moments. I keep my old short stories for memory, but frankly, I am glad that only a few people read them.
Do you have any bad pieces of your writing to share? Post them in the comments:The grammar and style errors listed below can mean the difference between an “A” and a “C” or a “B” and a “D” or worse.
You should take the time to reacquaint yourself with some rules of writing. The Bad Writing Contest celebrates the most stylistically lamentable passages found in scholarly books and articles published in the last few years.
Ordinary journalism, fiction, departmental memos, etc. are not eligible, nor are parodies: entries must be non-ironic, from serious, published academic . Below are sample excerpts from what I think is a really bad writing. These excerpts are collected from different stories, either written by me (sometimes, when you edit, you find monsters), or by other authors.
An example of bad academic writing. (tranceformingnlp.comg) submitted 2 years ago by lilyputin. because political power was both limited and distributed sufficiently broadly that a set of economic institutions that created the incentives for prosperity could emerge.
The grammar and style errors listed below can mean the difference between an “A” and a “C” or a “B” and a “D” or worse. You should take the time to reacquaint yourself with some rules of writing. A visually impressive case study of some examples of good and bad academic practice in the context of written essays, papers and theses, focusing on key areas where problems regularly occur such as general layout, referencing and plagiarism.