Re: Technical Writing - What's the catch?

Subject: Re: Technical Writing - What's the catch?
From: Lou Quillio <quillio -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 02:22:36 -0500

On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 13:26:49 +0900, Rahul Prabhakar
<prabhakar -dot- rahul -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

[a romance novel]

Ahem. Tough love time.

Pal, your writing sucks. I'm sorry, I really am, but you need to hear
this. It sucks. Bad. Somewhere in that cloud of perfume is a point
you could've made in two sentences. Digging it out would miss the
larger problem. It's a disaster of bloat and misusage.

Honestly, honestly, honestly, I mean you no malice. Get out. This
ain't for you. You posted 442 words where fifty would do. No editor
will slog through that poppy field, he'll just get someone else. Plus
nearly every sentence contains a misusage -- the kind folks aren't
supposed to notice whilst enraptured by your prose.

No offense. Somebody's gotta say it. You won't even *start* to
improve before falling out of love with your own voice. There may not
be time.



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