necessary. Find the verb that accurately describes the action rather than using a verb +adverb combination. Most adverbs are unnecessary and due to careless writing.7.
Avoid using qualifiers.
Eliminate words that qualify how you feel and think, such as
“very, “quite”, “merely”, “extremely”, and so on. Qualifiers create clutter.
Vary the length and pattern of your sentences.
Use simple, compound, complexsentences. Use periodic, loose, and antithesis sentences. Use sentence fragments whenrequired.9.
Emphasize important ideas by placing them at the beginning or end of yoursentence.
Example: After completing the degree, he wrote poetry, short stories, and anovel.10.
Place the most important idea in the independent clause.
Use effective transitions between sentences and paragraphs.
For instance, to createflow within a paragraph, you can use pronoun reference, repeat key words, useparallel structure, use transitional expressio
ns, such as “also”, therefore, and“consequently.”
Make the paragraph the unit of composition.
Use a topical sentence for eachparagraph. It tells your readers what your paragraph is about. All other sentenceswithin each paragraph need to provide support or relate to the topical sentence.13.
Develop your paragraphs using the appropriate method of development.
Yourmethod of development will depend on the purpose of your paragraph. For example:If you are telling a story, use narrative. If you want to want to answer a question, usequestion and answer. If you want to describe something, use description.14.
Organize your work.
Popular methods include chronological order, logical order,and topical order. For example, a personal essay is often written in chronologicalorder, while an article is usually written in topical order.15.
to develop character, reveal a fact, or advance the narrative.16.
When appropriate, you can begin a sentence with a
(And,but, for, nor, or, so, yet), and
end a sentence with a verb or preposition.
Show, don’t tell your reader.
To show the reader, dramatize the narrative. Usesensory language, write dialogue, and construct action scenes.18.
Provide concrete and specific details.
You don’t have to include all the d
etails, justthe important ones. Concrete details can be perceived by the senses. So, use languagethat appeals to the senses, such as the sense of sight, smell, taste, touch. Concretedetails are also precise. They tell the readers exactly what they need to know.
Example: He gave her one red rose for Valentine’s Day.