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Reading Before Writing

What can you do with anthropology?

Many people aspire to be great writers. All people, regardless of what they are writing, want it to be good. It is often assumed that the only way to become a better writer is to write more, but this may not be the case. The article Read More, Write Less by Carole McGranahan presents the idea that you can only write as well as you can read, and the need for all people, including anthropologists, to read many different styles before writing. McGranahan explains that to write an ethnography, for example, an anthropologist should read poetry to understand the sound of the language, fiction to understand telling a story, memoirs to help express their own experiences, and children’s book to keep their souls full of wonder. Reading many different styles and genres will help a writer to understand the different aspects of telling a story and arranging the words in…

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