Archive: clarity

Know What You Want to Say

A major flaw in writing is that the message is not focused on one idea. A writer has an abundance of information but does not consider what he or she wants to accomplish and does not ask important questions about the audience. High-quality writing takes time. When...

Bring Writing Alive by Varying Your Sentences

Jobs sometimes become tedious and boring when every day is the same, and that is also true with reading. When the writing offers no variation in sentence length, the repetition is monotonous. The simplest of sentence structures is tolerable in a children’s story: This...

Read Carefully Before Removing “That”

The word “that” is often unnecessary, but not always. Be sure you don’t cause readers to stumble. “Get rid of ‘that’; you don’t need it” is common advice, but as is often true with nuggets of wisdom about writing, it...