Writing tips for non-writers

February 16, 2008

(Full details: See Writing Tips for Non-Writers Who Don’t Want to Work at Writing at http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004023.html)

  1. Speak what you write
  2. Punctuate, damn you
  3. With sentences, shorter is better than longer
  4. Learn to friggin’ spell
  5. Don’t use words you don’t really know
  6. Grammar matters…
  7. Front-load your point (get to the point early)
  8. Try to write well every single time you write
  9. Read people who write well
  10. When in doubt, simplify
  11. Speak what you write

[This article was first published in the June 2006 CyberText Newsletter; link last checked January 2008]

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