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Improve Your Writing Forever

Improve Your Writing Forever

  • Delete the word that. For example, "You believe that I'm lying."
  • Delete the words, I think. For example, "I think this is a good sentence."
  • Avoid words that end in -ing. For example, "The experiences we're seeking end up being underwhelming." becomes "The experiences we seek often underwhelm."
  • Write short sentences and paragraphs. Keep paragraphs to less than three sentences.
  • Shorten your opening sentence. Make it short, compelling and conversational.

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  • Ask open-ended questions: they unlock more information from people
  • Ask “why” 3 times:  the easiest way to deepen the level of a conversation
  • Ask about specifics, not generalizations
  • Frame questions around a person’s reactions to experiences...

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The attention span of internet users has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. That means you’ve got to grab your readers and convince them to stay. Or, at the very least, quickly give them something they can take away.

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What celebrated writers can teach us

George Orwell thought a good sentence means trimming as many words as possible, Virginia Woolf found power in verbs, and Baldwin desired 'a sentence as clean as a bone.'

We can learn from celebrated writers that a good sentence is plain, undecorated and visible. It gets its power ...

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