Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Negatives


Have you ever been around a person who has a negative outlook on life? Everything they say or do is with a frown and groan.

Here's a little tidbit that's interesting . . . "You know the old adage that it only takes 10 muscles to smile but it takes 100 to frown ..." --The New York Times, 19 April 1987.

If it takes more muscles to frown, why are people negative?

And did you know writing with negatives takes more words just like frowning takes more muscles?

For example . . .

"There should be no submission of payments without notification of the office, unless the payment does not exceed $100."
 

It's much easier to write with affirmatives, like this . . .

"If you submit more than $100, notify this office first."

Negative writing should be avoided unless it is truly necessary as in "No Trespassing." That's short and to the point, and might keep someone from getting hurt.


So for brevity sakes and to make your readers feel good use as many affirmatives as possible and smile.

Can you think of a negative phrase that absolutely needs to stay negative?




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14 comments:

  1. Yes there is too much negativity! Thanks for visiting my blog, yes having a stroke was scary. It just happened in January and I am working on recovering. So glad it seems that you recovered well from yours!
    Take care,
    -MJ A to Z blogger

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    1. I was very lucky. My stroke happened in 2005 and had to do with a defect in my heart I'd had since birth. It's fixed now and I'm doing fine. I'm glad you're doing well on your road to recovery. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Great points! New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Sylvia. I'm enjoying the challenge and finding new blogging friends as well.

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  3. I don't "do" funerals. It's a negative phrase and should stay negative because I really do not see a point of going to a funeral.

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  4. So instead of "not bad advice," I'll tell you "good advice!" :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  5. If it takes more muscles to frown, that means frowning is a better workout than smiling! Think of all the calories I'll burn now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for the A to Z thing...

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  6. As far as I'm concerned, writing should remain positive. I even thought of a reason why nausea should be appreciated. ;-)

    http://francene-wordstitcher.blogspot.com

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    1. Francene,
      I guess nausea could be appreciated if you're expecting and you want a child. Or if you're nauseated while you receive treatment, that could also be a good thing. A positive outlook helps.

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  7. No, I can't . . . think of a sentence that should be written only in the negative! I appreciate your positive attitude and perseverance. For me writing balances both positive and negative. I draft the story (positive) and then edit the heck out of it (negative). Can't release that inner critic really until the story is working well on paper. Well maybe sometimes. But faith and effort are linked with the positive. Persevere!

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    1. Beth,
      Great points. Faith and effort are linked with a positive outlook. :)

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