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What Is Effective Writing? A Definition - Darius Foroux
Most of us think effective writing is about grammar, punctuation, and spelling. That's not true. Writing is about hitting your mark, whatever that may be. That is the single most important thing when you put your words to use. Writing that hits its mark is effective. But what is effective writing exactly?

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Effective writing

Effective writing is not about grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It is about hitting your mark.

  • Effective writing is clear and has only one interpretation.
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