Are your sentences overly long and confusing? In this post, I’m going to share 6 ways to improve your writing.
Long sentences can be dangerous. When our sentences are too long, we tend to lapse into the passive voice and we risk making tense and punctuation mistakes.
Run-on sentences also distract the writer and the reader. We tend to veer off course and forget the purpose of our communications. They also force the reader to work harder.
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6 Ways To Improve Your Writing
- Use readability statistics. Activate this on your computer and it’ll do the counting for you. Remember you want to work with an average number of words. It is also important to vary the length of your sentences. [Read: Why You Should Care About Readability Statistics]
- Count the commas. If you are not listing items, and your sentence has more than three commas, you should consider splitting the sentence.
- Cut unnecessary conjunctions. Conjunctions join sentences. Find them and decide if you can remove them and make two sentences instead of one.
- One thought per paragraph. I tend to read the first sentence in a paragraph and then scan the rest of the paragraph. If you introduce second and third points later in the same paragraph, your reader may miss them.
- Remove redundant words. We add words that don’t add value. If you can remove a word from the sentence and it doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence you don’t need the word. [Read 19 Examples of Redundancy] Another term to be aware of is Sticky Sentences. If you don’t know what they are check this post out. How To Avoid Sticky Sentences
- Reduce your word count. Challenge yourself to cut 1/4 of the words. This will force you to evaluate each word. Do not cut crucial information, though. Make sure you have answered the five Ws and one H.
If you use these six ways and shorten your sentences, you will improve your writing.
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