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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