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Use concrete rather than vague language. This is especially important when offering a description or providing details.
Write in Active Voice
Use active voice whenever possible. Active voice means the subject is performing the verb. Passive voice means the subject receives the action.
Avoid overusing there is, there are, it is, it was, etc.
To avoid confusion (and pompousness), don’t use two negatives to make a positive without good reason.
Pay Attention to Form
Use consistent grammatical form when offering several ideas. This is called parallel construction.
Give a Good Description
Place descriptive words and phrases as close as is practical to the words they modify.
Put Things in Order
Word order is important. If you start a sentence with an incomplete phrase or clause, it must be followed closely by the person or thing it describes. Furthermore, that person or thing is always the main subject of the sentence. Breaking this rule results in the dreaded, all-too-common dangling modifier, or dangler.
Watch Out for Fragments
A sentence fragment is usually an oversight, or a bad a idea. It occurs when you have only a phrase or dependent clause but are missing an independent clause.
Punctuate Your Dialogue
When writing dialogue, indent each new line, enclose it in quotation marks, and attribute it to the speaker. Once the speakers are established, their attributions may be dropped until needed again for clarity. Each change in speaker also begins a new line.
If a speaker’s dialogue continues beyond one paragraph, an opening quotation mark is placed at the start of each new line. The closing quotation mark appears at the end of the dialogue.
Publisher : Jossey-Bass; 12th edition (May 4, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1119653029
ISBN-13 : 978-1119653028
Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
Dimensions : 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches