Thursday, 28 March 2013

Different kinds of writing | Rules of precise-writing in details

Kinds of writing:

Free writing style        2. Frozen writing style    3. Close writing style
4. Creative writing style

Rules of Precise Writing:

A précis (pronounced pray-see) is a type of summary that on an ‘exact’ reproduction of the logic, organization and emphasis of the original text. It reflects the relative order, proportions and relationships of the original parts of the text. An effective précis retains the logic, development and argument of the original in a much shorter form.
There is no single perfect précis of any article, simple version that fulfill various functions. The writer’s job is to become skilled in accurate summary and in highlighting aspects key to their purposes. A précis is a clear, compact logical summary of a passage. It preserves only the essential or important ideas of the original. It is a kind of shorthand in your study.
A summary or précis is NOT a personal interpretation of a work or an expression of your opinion of the idea; it is, rather, an exact replica in miniature of the work, often reduced to one quarter to one-fifth of its size, in which you express the compel argument.
Use of the précis increases skills in reading and in precision and economy of expression.

Rules of writing a summary:

There are four stages of writing a summary.

1. Understanding (Comprehension)    2. Detailed Study    3. Rough Draft    4. Finish Copy

Let us take them one by one:
Understanding: You have already learned comprehension. That is the skill which will be used first if you want to write a précis. Once you have understood what the passage says (i.e jot down the main points for further reference)

Detailed Study:

Read the passage carefully and keep referring to the main points you have jotted down earlier. The whole meaning of the passage should come under the main points. However, if you feel that an important point had been missed earlier you can add it now and rearrange your headings.

Rough Draft:

Write your summary in clear and concise language. Remember not to use difficult words, not to use metaphors and other forms of figurative speech and cut down the summary to as many words as the examiner requires. If no limit has been given, you should make the summary a little less than one third of the original.

Finished Copy:

Remove all ambiguities and see if any sentence can be condensed even further without becoming unintelligible. One you are satisfied you should make your final copy.

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