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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How do you make sure you’re writing right?

Here are seven helpful tips provided by Mark Nichol, editor of the Daily Writing Tips blog:
  • Look up the definition of an unfamiliar word and be sure you understand the meaning before you use it.
  • Search a thesaurus or a synonym finder for the precise meaning, taking care to notice the different connotations of similar words.
  • Keep your writing clear and coherent, and avoid pretentious or overly formal language.
  • Select the strongest nouns and verbs before you select adjectives and adverbs.
  • Seek opportunities to use repetition for rhetorical effect while, at the same time, you watch for careless redundancy.
  • Read your draft aloud to help you refine grammar and usage. If something doesn’t sound right to you, it probably doesn’t read right to your audience, either.
  • Ask someone else to read your writing and critique it.
Read the post in its entirety here: "7 Tips for Editing to Improve Usage".

Also read Mark Nichol's recent post: "Does Good Writing Matter?"
  • ADDITIONAL READING:
"10 Tips about Basic Writing Competency"

"Want To Be Taken Seriously? Become a Better Writer" 

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