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Suggestions For Better Writing

Here are a few suggestions that your readers will appreciate. They will help your readers to more easily and quickly understand your writing. They will also hasten the work of proofreading.

  • Avoid excessively long sentences. If a sentence takes more than two lines, consider breaking it up.

  • Write in the active voice. Minimize your use of the passive voice.

  • Vary the lengths of your sentences.

  • Use well-known words in order to communicate more effectively, rather than unusual words in order to impress.

  • Use short words instead of long words.

  • Select your nouns and verbs carefully, instead of depending on adjectives and adverbs to add clarity and color.

  • Do not exaggerate in your writing.

  • Avoid using clichés in your writing.

  • Do not use semi-colons, except to separate series of phrases that contain commas.

  • Minimize your use of exclamation marks.

  • Do not abbreviate.

  • Ensure that your verbs agree with their subjects.

  • Do not begin sentences with conjunctions, such as or. Similarly, do not end sentences with prepositions.

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