Creative Writing

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Vagueness, Ambiguity and Clarity in Writing John Mackey The first example that I have chosen to use for this assignment is Example number two; Example 2 I was thrown from my truck as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by a flock of wild turkeys. The vagueness in this example raises the question of why he was thrown from the truck. What caused this to happen? What were the underlying circumstances that ultimately led to being thrown from the truck? Another question that can be asked is where did the wild turkeys come from? There are all these questions that remain to be asked and also later to be answered. For the ambiguous side of the house, defines ambiguity as doubtfulness or uncertainty…show more content…
This example is being left up to the readers imagination. This example has no clear message that is being delivered. Someone like many in the class that read this can easily get confused by what the actual message of this example is. For the ambiguous faults in this example, are as such; again we look at the intent of the message and that there is no clear intent on what the message is to be. We know that a collection will be taken and that there is a committee that is heading this collection up but it leaves the question of Why? What for? Who? When we find the answers to these questions more clearly it can help us to understand better what exactly it is that is being said or trying to be said. Re-Written Example At next Sunday’s church mass a monetary collection will taken up to help with the cost of the new altar. Anyone within the church population wishing to help with the new altar can step forward and let the church treasury committee know about their ideas or their donations. The way that vagueness and ambiguity affects the understanding is that there is no clear message being relayed and that leads to confusion and questions being left unanswered. In writing it is never a wise decision to leave readers in the dark especially on real world events or situations. The way I understand critical thinking and clear writing is that to have one you need the other. To send across a clear message in
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