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Even then they inevitably fail to understand. Of course they might not be reading it because it is too long. But making it shorter will definitely not facilitate understanding.

No one would ever read any non-fictional books if that were so. Reading the synopsis would do! Very insightful rules for budding and established writers. I would like to know how best to go about researching on and for a topic as I sometimes finds phase overwhelming. I enjoyed your writing while you were with Forrester. I feel most people enjoy rambling away, in person or on paper, which leads to poor writing.

Passive voice has its uses, such as when the person performing the action is unknown, or when softening the impact of your words is actually desirable. The world is not a simple place. Going around making unqualified generalisations can make you seem ignorant and over-confident.

It will also get people thinking about exceptions to your rule rather than the general rule itself. Intelligent and educated people are naturally wary of anyone making sweeping statements. If you are writing for a specific field, using universally understood jargon will require far fewer words than explaining everything so you mum can understand it.

Got here by way of Jay Bauer. Very enlightening facts, yet in writing there are certain things to be considered like avoiding unique uncommon words and use simple plain words instead. My college freshman ask me for my best writing tips. I passed on my best writing advice. But I also sent him a link to this site. I clicked because I was interested in the table, but the content dissuaded me.

I would, however, like to read more, if its clear and less self-important. The point was that a new crop of recruiters are innovating techniques to match companies and workers. For example, matching jobs to workers, not workers to jobs. Is Samsung invading the Confederacy? So VERY glad you included in your list the need to back up statistics with context and sources. A lot of journalists and other writers are sloppy about that, if not intentionally misleading.

But I have on query. For SEO we need to write detailed and long article, but for readers we need to make it crisp and shorter. What shall we do? Shall we create lengthy and detailed articles or write shorter articles for readers? SEO that sucks people into reading something long and boring is not doing you any good.

I like most of this advice, but I have a huge problem with number 4. It would be more effective if you used correct grammar and showed that you could write. Dickens was a terrible, highly unsuccessful writer.

Nobody wanted to read his work because it had too many words. He hardly sold any books at all and is totally forgotten today. An there are some tips on How to Finish a Novel — writing one, not reading one. Where have you been hiding from me all these years? Very good and valid points. I would add nr. Imagine your reader is an aircraft mechanic in China, Africa, Brazil or somewhere else, and your survival depends on this person really getting what you mean!

If you were to read it on its own, it would be vague. Then add the flour. Otherwise the second sentence here would be a fragment: He is also handsome. Especially if you intend to reach audiences whose first language is not English. Remember that this is the same corporation that gave us Clippy. Thanks for the great post, Josh! I particularly appreciate the wall chart, which I share with my students.

I know some students will want to read the full blog. I co-authored a valuable manual for the travel industry which demonstrates how to write clear, simple and normal language when writing to customers. I think it adheres to your guidelines, but I will check and update if it is needed! If you would like to see this it is here: Thanks for the article! The best writing tip from Hemingway: It can also be patronizing, especially if the reader will disagree with the findings.

I will have to heed the part about being concise. My own 12 secrets of writing a good blog post is at least 10 times as long as your list: I loved the ability to print out the cheat sheet after reading and hang it by my computer; the last cell how to fix point 10 repeats the one above it, can it be fixed?

Thanks for spotting the error. My graphic designer miscopied that cell when he created the newly designed version for me. You are implying that moms only understand plain English. I especially liked 6 given that I have seen how some writers are quite careless about this extremely crucial matter. I am highly impressed. Sadly you are not one of the many Indians whose command of the English language puts us native speakers to shame, but props for putting yourself out there.

Thanks a lot sir for notifying. Second of all, the article that you speak of is not written by me, but a good friend of mine. So, I will let her know about the mistakes. This has been so helpful whilst re reading my final essay for this year. If somebody is offended by ignorance,… it is time to start using the language as it was developed by humans.

It took centuries to develop it why destroy it in one generation. With the problems that humanity faces today, we need to communicate and the language was developed to communicate. And by the way, Hemingway and Dickens, they both used the language. They used it as they pleased…. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Need more help than this? I can teach clear writing to your department or company.

I can help clarify your ideas and how you express them — and make you a smarter writer. Where bullshit comes from: I publish a blog post this interesting every single weekday.

It's worth it, really. Bruce, in your zeal to teach Brian a lesson, you spliced with a comma. Maybe not as pervasive as some think, but real. These are good tips for all writers. Fiction or not, the best writing is effortless to read. One you forgot — one space between periods and the next sentence, never two. Read any business book. Fiction writers are welcome to take any of my advice at their own risk.

In short — truth is important in fiction. Bullshit lives in the world of non-fiction. That was my reaction too. Thanks for you reply, and the link to your other post. Basically, I write first when I am short on time, but I research first when I have longer. Common writing mistakes and why we make them by jbernoff Shelf Wisdom. Short sentences are a good idea. As is avoiding Jargon. Excellent list, full of great advice.

These are all pretty good, except for 3, 4 and 5. People commit sins in the name of the exceptions you cite. I am trying to save their souls. Jargon a talking killer - Clarity in Communication - SparkyResource -.

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And using commas when full stops should be used. Or periods as they say in North America. These are wonderful tips. I agree that I am committing few of the mistakes. Ten Writing Tips Heh. I guess you think this post smells terribly and that makes me feel badly.

If you can stand a whole book on the subject, mine will be out next fall. Links to be reading Teaching the Teacher. Your sin here is not being pedantic, but being wrong. MS Word has a setting that always alerts you to the passive voice. Eigenlijk - Bram's Blog. Writing advice from the blogosphere and before - Kathy Gates.

And you follow your own rules! Have added your website to my rss feeds list. By the way, you need to fix the following link on this page: Random WriteTips Mashup M. Responding to posts Impresses me. I like people who stand by their work. The Art of Writing And Psychology. Academic Writing — sarahmodules. Tutors and You colliloquie.

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