Effective Writing Tips
Whether you are writing an admissions essay or drafting a report for work, these helpful tips are sure to create polished works:
Simple, Direct, Precise, Alive, Concise, Coherent, Convincing! Those are your targets.
- Reduce Sentence Length to establish strong, clear meaning.
- Order Words for Emphasis.
- Put strong words at the beginning and at the end of a sentence.
- Space out key words. Do NOT repeat a distinctive word unless you intend a specific effect.
- Put odd and interesting things next to each other. Help the reader learn from contrast.
- Do not be afraid of using small words. Big words are not always the best or most useful for getting your points across to the reader.
- Avoid Needless Words or Stuffy Language.
- No excess prepositional phrases
- Use words in replace of phrases
- No redundancy; minimize repetition
- Watch for unnecessary adverbs such as very, really, quickly
- No vague qualifiers, e.g. some, kind; avoid “it is”, “whether or not”…
- Use Strong Verbs. Use passive verbs to highlight the receiver of an action.
- Emphasize Results, Concrete Figures. Use concrete and specific details that appeal to the senses.
- Establish Impressive Overall Style.
- Form a pattern in your writing, but then give it a wrist to add variety.
- Vary sentence length to set a compelling pace for the reader.
- Convey clear, complete thoughts.
- Do not couch too many ideas in one sentence.
- Choose every word carefully.
- Make sure they are precise and most appropriate for the context.
- Minimize redundancy. Strive for effectiveness.
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