Check out The Historical Society’s “Round Up on Writing,” including an interview with Helen Sword on what goes into stylish versus super-obtuse academic writing. And just for funsies, here’s a direct link to her The Writer’s Diet browser app, which lets you paste a section of text to be rated as “fit” or “flabby,” and also will probably make you feel bad about yourself. Not recommended for first drafts of anything–I put in a section of my introduction to find that although my verb usage is “lean,” my nouns are pushing into “heart attack territory,” and I have a lot of “prepositional podge” to lose for swimsuit season–I’m trying to fit into my wool jumper two-piece from last year.
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