This is a writing problem that is easy to correct. (10 words) This writing problem is easy to correct. (7 words) When editing your draft, search for the word “is.” In the two sentences above, searching for “is” and rephrasing the sentence enabled the writer to cut 30% of the original word count without losingContinue reading “Cut “is””
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Favour the active voice
Active voice sentences are shorter and clearer than passive voice ones. When you write in the passive voice, the person who is doing the action is removed from the story you’re telling. Think of the difference between these two (fictional) headlines: Funding for Scientific Research Cut (passive voice) Trudeau Cuts Scientific Research Funding (active voice)Continue reading “Favour the active voice”
Structure Your Paragraphs Strategically
Psychologists tell us that we find it easier to remember items placed at the beginnings and endings of a list, rather than items in the middle.