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11 Smart Tips for Writing!

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11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#1 by Ramandeep08
» 29 Jun 2017, 03:36

To sound smart, you must stop trying to sound smart. Brilliant writing is simple writing, a relevant idea delivered clearly and directly.

Here are 11 ways you can start sounding brilliant:

1. Have something to say
This makes writing easier and faster. When you have nothing to say, you are forced to write sentences that sound meaningful but deliver nothing.
Read widely. Take notes. Choose your subjects wisely. Then share your information with readers.

2. Be specific
Consider two sentences:
I grow lots of flowers in my back yard.
I grow 34 varieties of flowers in my back yard, including pink coneflowers, purple asters, yellow daylilies, Shasta daisies, and climbing clematis.


3. Choose simple words
Write use instead of utilize, near instead of close proximity, help instead of facilitate, for instead of in the amount of, start instead of commence.
Use longer words only if your meaning is so specific no other words will do.

4. Write short sentences
You should keep sentences short for the same reason you keep paragraphs short: they’re easier to read and understand.
Each sentence should have one simple thought. More than that creates complexity and invites confusion.

5. Use the active voice
In English, readers prefer the SVO sentence sequence: Subject, Verb, Object. This is the active voice.
When you reverse the active sequence, you have the OVS or passive sequence: Object, Verb, Subject.
You can’t always use the active voice, but most writers should use it more often.

6. Keep paragraphs short
Look at any newspaper and notice the short paragraphs.
That’s done to make reading easier, because our brains take in information better when it’s broken into small chunks.

7. Eliminate fluff words
Qualifying words, such as very, little, and rather, add nothing to your meaning and suck the life out of your sentences.
For example:
It is very important to basically avoid fluff words because they are rather empty and sometimes a little distracting.

8. Don’t ramble
Rambling is a big problem for many writers. Not as big as some other problems, such as affordable health insurance or the Middle East, which has been a problem for many decades because of disputes over territory.

9. Don’t be redundant or repeat yourself
Also, don’t keep writing the same thing over and over and over. In other words, say something once rather than several times. Because when you repeat yourself or keep writing the same thing, your readers go to sleep.

10. Don’t over write
This is a symptom of having too little to say or too much ego.
Put your reader first. Put yourself in the background. Focus on the message.

11. Edit ruthlessly
Shorten, delete, and rewrite anything that does not add to the meaning. It’s okay to write in a casual style, but don’t inject extra words without good reason.
To make this easier, break your writing into three steps:
1) Write the entire text.
2) Set your text aside for a few hours or days.
3) Return to your text fresh and edit.
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#2 by Mashell Chapeyama
» 07 Jul 2017, 02:09

Great writing tips. I like them. Thank you for that.
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#3 by yellosteel
» 07 Aug 2017, 19:53

Helpful tips written succinctly! Thanks for Sharing.
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#4 by italicoil
» 07 Aug 2017, 20:07

Thank you for these 11 writing tips.
I will absolutely keep these in mind for the next review I write :)
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#5 by Czarmaine AM
» 08 Aug 2017, 06:28

Awesome! Thanks for sharing this.
"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
(The Old Astronomer to His Pupil by Sarah Williams)
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#6 by Leesajohnson
» 11 Aug 2017, 08:16

Good Tips for writing great content.
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#7 by Vivian Paschal
» 13 Sep 2017, 08:06

Thanks for this! It's more than helpful. I agree that to sound smart, we don't have to overdo the effort. Simple writing usually turns out better than complicated ones.
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#8 by BoyLazy
» 30 Sep 2017, 09:44

Good points. Some of the things I don't find in my editing suggestion tools.
Be lazy..
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Re: 11 Smart Tips for Writing!

Post Number:#9 by Gifty Naa Akushia
» 07 Oct 2017, 03:29

Great writing tips I really like them. Thanks
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