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Bad Writing

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172485
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0002
 Bad Writing

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This chapter examines prose style, with the aim of showing that good writing is a relative notion. Topics discussed include the craft of writing and the importance of clear and direct language in good writing. It is argued that all good writing requires a discernable logic and a degree of organization, cohesion, unity, and clarity appropriate to the subject and audience. What good writing shares — whether it is personal, impersonal, entertaining, or bureaucratic — is a control that creates audience confidence and authorial credibility. Thus, good writing is writing that is effective — writing that is convincing to a particular audience.

Keywords: prose style; good writing; relativism; realism; language

Chapter.  5765 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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