Structure Sentences for Variety and Emphasis

A series of short sentences that begin with the subject and verb near the front is boring to read, because the structure is repetitive and the pattern is choppy. Alter the structure to create variety and emphasis.

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Editing: Take it in Steps

When you edit your writing, avoid the urge to immediately start fixing grammatical mistakes and don't begin rewriting sentences, even if they need it. There will come a time for that, but not yet. People often try to accomplish too much at once when they edit.

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Good Writing is a Product of Revising

Many writers sit for hours in front of a blank screen, exasperated that they can't get started. Without realizing it, they are trying to write the first few sentences in their head, and it is a waste of time. Good writing comes from revising, so draft first, then rewrite.

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One Space after a Period

You occasionally still see two spaces after a period, because people tend to do what they were taught in school. But it actually has been obsolete for more than 100 years.

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By Ken O’Quinn

Focus on Them Focus on Them

As a contributing author in this book on leadership, Ken offers insights and tips for managing difficult conversations, providing effective feedback, and being authentic. Order here.

Perfect Phrases for Business Letters (McGraw-Hill) Perfect Phrases for Business Letters

Provides the right words and phrases for any situation - quickly. The book was reprinted in Japanese because of high-volume sales there.

TD at Work — Business Writing for Managers

The Association for Talent Development invited Ken to write this 22-page booklet for the TD at Work series.

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I learned more helpful tips than in any other writing course in the past 40 years. As an engineer, knowing the “why” is important.
David EiermanMotorola Solutions

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