English writing myths to be debunked for effective writing

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Some people consider writing English as a troublesome task. It gets difficult to find out which information is correct and which is incorrect.

There are innumerable myths surrounding the way or style of writing efficiently. People consider some ideas to be quite effective. But here are some common myths related to writing that must be debunked right away.

Myth 1. Fancy words make the article look beautiful and attractive.

Sometimes, fancy words lead to distraction rather than enhancing the beauty of the content. The reader might lose interest in case the writing piece is too flowery to handle. Flowery language is ornate and elaborate. A lot of poetic devices or figures of speech can be traced in such a content. But it is not sure that all would refer to the dictionary whenever they come across a word or phrase that is not clear to them.

“The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.”- George Eliot

Myth 2. Repetition of thoughts emphasizes on the fact more clearly.

Needless repetition and duplication of content can lead to undue complications causing hindrances in reading a content. Writers feel that repetition helps in reiterating the fact in the most effective manner but they tend to forget that it is a waste of time on the part of the writer as well as the reader.

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”- Thomas Jefferson

Myth 3. Complicated structures make you look an efficient writer

Unnecessary complications are a headache. No reader would bother to read structures that are too complex or time taking. A quick reading and understanding of the articles over a time taking reading session to understand the concept is always preferable.

“To simplify complications is the first essential of success.”- George Earl Buckle

Myth 4. Overstating or too much emphasizing the fact leads to better understanding.

Overstating or overstretching thoughts result in construction of monster sentences. Short and exact sentences allow the read to catch their breath while reading. Effortless reading is always preferred over conscious reading. Over illustration of thoughts often leads to lose of interest in reading.

“Men of few words are the best men.”- William Shakespeare



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