Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing
Whether you are composing a blog or a business letter, an email or an essay, your goal should be to respond clearly and directly to the needs and interests of your readers. The tips here should help you sharpen your writing whenever you set out to inform or persuade.
As a general rule, state the main idea of a paragraph in the first sentence - the topic sentence. Don’t keep your readers guessing.
In general, use short sentences to emphasize ideas. Use longer sentences to explain, define, or illustrate ideas.
When revising your work, eliminate unnecessary words.
- Don’t bury a main point in the middle of a long sentence. To emphasize key words, place them at the beginning or (better yet) at the end.
Vary sentence types by including occasional questions and commands. Vary sentence structures by blending simple, compound and complex sentences.
Don’t overwork the passive voice or forms of the verb “to be.” Instead, use dynamic verbs in the active voice.
To convey your message clearly and keep your readers engaged, use concrete and specific words that show what you mean.
When revising, you may hear problems (of tone, emphasis, word choice, and syntax) that you can’t see. So listen up.
It’s easy to overlook errors when merely looking over your work. So be on the lookout for common trouble spots when studying your final draft.