The ten commandments of writing

Gary Alan Fine*

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Whatever our areas and methods, social scientists share a common problem: how to write so as to foster communication. I present a set of propositions to lighten and brighten sociological writing. Sociologists ought not be afraid of using these tropes and techniques of literary writers. Each sociologist must develop a personal style that sparks an audience. Yet, this poses a challenge for those not trained. Writing is a craft that must be developed. As Wyndham Lewis noted: "It is dangerous to live, but to write is much more so."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-157
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Sociologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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