Here are my five golden rules of writing: use them to see a pronounced improvement in your writing.

 

  1. Write in simple, plain English—avoid jargon—or, if it’s absolutely essential, explain it. Put down the thesaurus.

  2. Avoid unnecessary adjectives or filler words. Brief is best.

  3. Be consistent: use the same terminology throughout your writing. It avoids confusion and makes life easier for your reader.

  4. Have someone else read your work before publishing—they may pick up things you've overlooked. Find yourself a writing buddy, an extra pair of eyes—and ears—can work wonders.

  5. Get a dictionary—the Macquarie Dictionary for Australian writing—and use it when you're unsure.

 

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'Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.’ Joseph Pulitzer

Here are my five golden rules of writing: use them to see a pronounced improvement in your writing.

 

  1. Write in simple, plain English—avoid jargon—or, if it’s absolutely essential, explain it. Put down the thesaurus.

  2. Avoid unnecessary adjectives or filler words. Brief is best.

  3. Be consistent: use the same terminology throughout your writing. It avoids confusion and makes life easier for your reader.

  4. Have someone else read your work before publishing—they may pick up things you've overlooked. Find yourself a writing buddy, an extra pair of eyes—and ears—can work wonders.

  5. Get a dictionary—the Macquarie Dictionary for Australian writing—and use it when you're unsure.

 

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