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The Writing of the Short Story

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Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,681 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.4
LoC Category: Z
Downloads: 704
Added to site: 2008.11.10
mnybks.net#: 22601
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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=12. Conceptual Writing.=--Of the literary qualities that have just been discussed, only the first group is perhaps essential to what has been designated as conceptual writing. Here we may place expository writing on subjects wholly matter of fact, mathematical discussions, scientific treatises largely, though not necessarily, and other writing of like character. As unity is the quality of importance here, we may well consider the units of discourse. Our first unit is that of the whole composition, the second that of the paragraph, and the third that of the sentence. Which of these is the prime unit, as the dollar is the prime unit of our medium of exchange, may not be evident at once; but if we examine the writing of clear thinkers carefully, without attempting to settle the matter in any doctrinaire fashion, we shall find that the paragraph, and not the sentence, is the more unified whole. I turn to Cardinal Newman, and in the middle of a paragraph find the sentence, "This should be carefully observ

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