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Basic writing rules

Writing that first article can be intimidating. Will the editor like my work? How will the readers feel about it? These are some of the questions that face a new and inexperienced writer. However, there are things that you can do to help to put the odds in your favor. Some of them are explained below. I call them my basic writing rules.

  1. Read the works of others. Reading and appreciating the works of other writers will help you to improve your vocabulary and introduce you to new and better sentence formations. It also shows you new ways to present ideas.

  2. Understand your target audience. The tone of the article has a great influence on its impact on the audience. Understand those who are going to read your article. Learn as much as you can about their needs and their knowledge of the subject that you are intend to write about.

  3. Decide on the sequence of ideas. Before you begin to write, decide which comes first and which comes second. It would be too bad if an article that has good content were found to be lacking in consistency and coherence.

  4. Keep it short. Short sentences are easy to read and understand.

  5. Form paragraphs. Write your articles in paragraphs. Paragraphs that are short are less intimidating, easy to read and help to put forth your ideas in their logical order.

  6. Avoid word overuse. The English language contains more than one million words and a choice of many words to convey the same meaning. Using the same word over and over risks creating reader boredom. It takes away from your writing. Use a good thesaurus to find alternative choices for words that you have already used.

  7. Proof read your work. Read your work several times after you finish. Proofreading helps you to find and eliminate spelling mistakes, poor sentence construction and improper idea sequencing. It helps you to polish your writing.

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