How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

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How to Say Nothing in 500 Words Michelle Dutra Eng 121 Composition I Allison Boldt August 10, 2015 In this story “How to Say Nothing in 500 Words” Paul Roberts gives instructions with different examples to help college students learn how to write a good essay. He talks about how an essay by a college student is boring. He gives different examples on how a writer should avoid creating a boring essay. One example used is don’t just fill the papers with just words, or other rewordings use important information to reach your goal word count. When you do this, it turns a boring topic into an interesting and fun essay for the audience. The author also talks about colorless words that they are words we use in everyday conversations, colorless words use are nothing and how student also use every day slang adjectives. He also added in their colorful words which means finding the right word in the right place, writers often struggle with this. I agree with the author on how we write essays, I must say everything he wrote in this story is true for me. I often have a hard time trying to figure out what words fit where to make complete sense of the sentences or paragraphs. I also just fill my paper with words and paraphrasing instead of using the actual important information that will keep my readers attention. I also use colorless words that I use in everyday conversations and I also use every day slang adjectives. I believe if I follow his advice on how to say nothing in 500 words I will be a better writer than I am right now. This story should be read by all beginning English students. It will help them think about their choice of words when actually writing a 500 word
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