Archive: writing with clarity

Editing: Take it in Steps

When you edit, resist the temptation to make corrections as soon as you spot flaws. Instead, edit in three steps because each time you read it, you should focus on something different. This process does not apply to a two-sentence email about grabbing a beer after...

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...

Gung-ho for Grammar

“Grammar, grammar, who cares?” people sometimes mumble. Well, you would be surprised at how many people do care. Don Ranley’s article on www.Ragan.com, titled “Seven Myths about Grammar,” touches on a few important points. Grammar and...