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If I Had More Time I Would Write You A Shorter Letter

The paragraph in quotes is entirely serviceable. Given time to edit, however, it can be more dynamic and easier to read. In revising I cut the word count from 76 to 59. This takes it from the 12th grade level to the … Continue reading

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More on Deleting Commas

Adding or deleting commas is a good way to vary your writing. I’ve written on this before. (internal link)  First drafts have too many commas. Revise. Be aware, though, of any change in emphasis (see below). Remember, too, that despite our desire to add or … Continue reading

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Vary Your Writing By Deleting or Adding Commas

Vary your writing by deleting or adding commas and rearranging sentences: On his way to find gold, Yosemite Sam found tungsten. Yosemite Sam found tungsten on his way to find gold. Since we couldn’t find our way back, we decided to take … Continue reading

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Plan a Beginning, Middle, and End

Rudolph Flesch suggested we plan a beginning, middle, and end. Sound advice. The lead sentence should lead the reader in. The beginning paragraph should introduce the subject or subjects. Succeeding paragraphs should illuminate those subjects. An ending should wrap up … Continue reading

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