WRITE ENGLISH GOOD:
A PRESENTATION ABOUT ENGLISH ENHANCING
W200 By: Michael Gawdzik
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chuck Palahniuk’s tips on
George Orwell’s Kurt
advice on word Vonnegut’s
usage. rules to
Click on a picture
to start your
George’s Notable Works:
1.Burmese Days (1934)
2. Coming up for Air (1939)
3. Animal Farm (1945)
4. 1984 (1949)
Orwell has written many books and even
more essays which are still studied and used
in today’s classrooms.
GEORGE’S RULES FOR EFFECTIVE
1. “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you
are used to seeing in print.”-Orwell
Orwell continues to comment about how such metaphors as: “ shoulder to shoulder with, Swan
Song, and Achilles Heel .” fail to elicit any emotional response from the reader and should
therefore be avoided.”
2. “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.”-Orwell
I always follow this rule when writing. The thought that more is better is wrong. Trying to cram
as many words into a sentence with the thought that it will help your reader is wrong. Instead try to
refine the sentence.
3. “Never use a long word where a short one will do.” -Orwell
“Long words don’t make you sound intelligent unless used skillfully. In the wrong situation they’ll
have the opposite effect, making you sound pretentious and arrogant. They’re also less likely to be
understood and more awkward to read.”-Orwell
GEORGE ORWELL’S ADVICE
Orwell’s advice is timeless and simple. His tips are basic but require
practice and discipline. A student who uses these tips early in their writing
career will become a very strong and efficient writer.
Orwell wrote a story about an imperial Officer in
Burma who had to kill an elephant. The elephant depicted
Below is an artist rendition of the actual elephant
in Orwell’s story.
Click the angry elephant!
PALAHNIUK’S TIPS FOR GETTING MOTIVATED:
Getting motivated is the first thing you need to do and a sure fire way to get motivated is a visible end
to your potential misery. Meaning, You may not even want to write a single word but you must!
1.Chuck says: “When you don't want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half hour) and sit down
to write until the timer rings. If you still hate writing, you're free in an hour. But usually, by the time that
alarm rings, you'll be so involved in your work, enjoying it so much, you'll keep going.”-Palahniuk
an end in site is better than no end at all.
2. “Surprise yourself. If you the writer can be amazed at where your story ends up than so will your
reader. The moment you see a planned surprise than so will your sophisticated reader.”-Palahniuk
If the reader knows what will happen before it does then why read on?
3. The third rule is my favorite: “Write the book you want to read.”-Palahniuk
Click the Mutton Chops, I dare you.
THANKS FOR THE ADVICE CHUCK!
Palahniuk’s advice is great for those stubborn
ideas or the unmotivated writer. If you start small
and be patient the sky is the limit for your stories.
• CHUCK’S LAST NAME IS REALLY HARD TO PRONOUNCE.
• “PALANUCK?, PULAYNUCK? PALUHNICK?”
You should click on the book.
KURT VONNEGUT’S CREDENTIALS:
KURT VONNEGUT’S TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
1.“Every character should want something.”-Vonnegut
Desire is the key ingredient in any story. No one wants to read a story where
everyone one is happy and content.
2. “Be a sadist”-Vonnegut
Torture your character to no end. Id rather read a story about a man with a
horrible life than one where everyone is happy and successful.
3. “Give the reader at least one character they can root for.”-Vonnegut
If the story is nothing but villains not to many people would be interested
in seeing them succeed.
KURT YOU’RE A PAL!
Character development is very important in writing
a story. A well rounded character not only gets
cared about, but the reader wants to read more
Click on the more developed character.
I am a big fan of the writing craft. I decided to use the advice that millions of people
follow on their quest to becoming well rounded writers. I have read most of the books by
these three authors and feel that the advice they had to give would be much better than
any I could have given. From this assignment I learned a great deal about how important
it is to know how to make a non linear power point. First I didn’t think it would make a
difference but soon realized that it gets the viewer much more involved in what they are
looking at as well as making it more fun for me the creator. Finally I learned about my
own capability to learn about a program and effectively utilize its components to make for
a joyous learning experience.