I’ve been seeing this great table from Josh Bernoff floating around on Facebook and thought it might be a good addition to Unleaded: Fuel for  Writers. We have all seen many “Top 10 Tips for Writing.”  What I like about this list is that it tells you why specific actions or forms of writing may be less valuable to you. That then lets you better decide why you might want to follow the tip and also when and where you might not choose to follow it.

 

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The quick list is below but please do take a look at the more detailed article.

  1. Write shorter.

  2. Shorten your sentences.

  3. Rewrite passive voice.

  4. Eliminate weasel words.

  5. Replace jargon with clarity.

  6. Cite numbers effectively.

  7. Use “I,” “we,” and “you.”

  8. Move key insights up.

  9. Cite examples.

  10. Give us some signposts.

 

References:

10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them: http://withoutbullshit.com/blog/10-top-writing-tips-psychology/

 

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.