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Re: A Writer's Template: Dr. King's Birmingham
In Response To: Re: A Writer's Template: Dr. King's Birmingham ()
Thanks for your comments. I was always a good speller and was a wiz in grammar. But something seemed to change when I started writing with the "electronic pen" of my computer. I often will write a word using a pen, if I can find one, to check for spelling and the appropriate word.
So like you, I use a spell check, dictionary. I also print out what I write for my final edit. For some reason, I can fine tune a phrase, see a weak sentence etc. Also a hard copy shows you exactly what the recipient is going to see.
I am planning to take a writing course in January. So you aren't alone in your musings to improve your skills.
As far as the onslaught of bad e-mails, run on sentences that would frustrate Marcel Proust, the authors of these messy messages present a negative profile of themselves. They also show that they have no respect for the recipient.
Granted, we all make mistakes in grammar and spelling. I posted an earlier message about how to post a query, here on Afrigeneas and elsewhere. I do hope that everyone who visits Afrigeneas and wants assistance will follow the link to the full article on how to query for information.
Dr.King's inspirational letter is just one of a million examples of strong and effective writing. I try to read as many historical and biographical works, not only for content but also for style. Journalists from recognized media are another resource. I love irony and satire too. I try to read the words of authors who are champions of this literary genre.
Thanks for your comments.