Category: Sentence Structure

Find Your Writer's Heart

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Whether you're seeking to write a book, pen an article, or create compelling content for your website, why not invest a little time and effort to learn how to communicate what you want to say in the best way possible? Then marvel at how such a seemingly innocent activity can…

Sentences That Make Sense

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Contrary to what many readers might think in order to communicate effectively, I believe we need only understand the basics of grammar. Just a few key elements are necessary: the rest can come with regular practice, an open, willing mind and a desire to keep learning and experimenting. I'm not…

What Makes a Sentence Work?

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If we think of words as the building blocks of written and spoken communications, sentences are like the cement or glue that binds together our words so that others can "make sense" of what we want to say. In this tip, we'll examine sentence structure a little closer and discover…

The Comma and More

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The use of "and" in combination with adjacent commas seems to attract surprisingly polarized arguments among writers of different styles. As communicators, we often use the word "and" to link two phrases or parts of a sentence. One popular remedy is that whenever we use the word "and", we should…

Create Descriptive, Expressive Writing

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Have you ever watched a young child painting her picture? The brush strokes may be large, the colors blindingly bright, the strokes bold and immediate, but the intense, yet natural expression and level of focus on that child's face can be enlightening! As authors, speakers, presenters and website providers, we…

Adjacent Paragraph Tips

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In other articles, tips and techniques, we've explored various methods that relate to writing style, word choices, sequencing, sentence structures and publication design. This tip provides a wonderfully simple and brief technique that can help ensure the adjacent paragraphs that make up your document "read well". So what exactly do…

When Writing for Business

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When we write a document to meet a business objective, we could be forgiven for thinking we should use a different mindset to that required craft great fiction. Nevertheless sometimes, popular approaches and ideas that are used to create modern, bestselling novels, can also be applied to help develop surprisingly…

The Resounding Act of Storytelling

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There's more to a novel than just a story. Stories, tales, and yarns beguile and intrigue us. Yet when creating what may often be considered as boring, dry writing found in business-related documents, why shouldn't drama benefit business communications too? While factual information alone may contain all the essential details…

Getting And Keeping Attention

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What is the one thing that almost all writers, communicators or website publishers would love to have? Of course, would we ever not want more readers, listeners, viewers or visitors? Yet the modern pace of life tends to encourage a short attention span. Often, we just don't seem to want…

Effective Communications, Tip 2

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In a previous article, I've suggested that most people are secretly asking to be led or guided in some way. Sometimes, we may lead. At other times, we choose to follow. Of the many tips experienced writers and web communicators can provide, the following guideline certainly comes close to the…

Overcoming Short Attention Span

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Many people are busy today - sometimes really busy! Experiencing a stressful lifestyle can also make us lose focus in the task in front of us. As a species, we seem to have elevated impatience to an art form. We want it, and we want it now! Busy, busy, and…

One Word Sentences

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Really? How do you feel about the practice of writing a "sentence" made up of only a single word? Can a single word ever be considered as a sentence? Traditional teaching tells us a "true" sentence should contain several components. From a strict grammatical standpoint, we can agree. The Oxford…

The Same Word Dilemma

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Words can be more than just words. Words are multipurpose tools. They can be building blocks. A word can stand in for something else. Words can be to sounds what colours make available to our eyes. Words are richer than we may at first think. The same word, used in a different sentence, in…

Be a Successful, Effective Communicator

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So, just what is it that you need to do, be, or learn to persuade a sufficient number of people to buy your books, visit and revisit your website and buy your products and services? Surely there must be some hidden "secret" that only those who are "in the know"…

Think You Can't Write?

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Creative writing can sometimes be hard work. At other times, the right words seem to just fall onto the page in almost perfect harmony like the way a gentle flowing tide caresses a sandy beach on a summer's day. Yet crafting a superb written piece is harder still. Nevertheless occasionally, our…