Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Saying a lot with a few words, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- Even professional writers struggle with being concise.…George Orwell, novelist,…best known for Animal Farm and 1984 once said:…"If it's possible to cut a word out, cut it out."…Wordiness obscures clarity and forces a reader…to sift through a sentence for what's important.…Strunk and White also address this challenge…in the Elements of Style, which by the way,…is a wonderful little book that everyone should own.…Here's what they have to say.…"Vigorous writing is concise.…
"A sentence should contain no unnecessary words,…"a paragraph no unnecessary sentences,…"for the same reason that a drawing…"should have no unnecessary lines…"and a machine no unnecessary parts."…Every word in your sentence needs to pull its weight.…Every sentence in your paragraph…must contribute to your purpose.…Let's take a look at an example…of how this works at the sentence level.…This sentence contains 23 words.…"In this video is an illustration of the use…"of the concepts of concise style…"in the writing of a college application essay."…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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