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J330 Class 3 betterwriting

J330 Class 3 betterwriting - Rules for Good Writing and...

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Rules for Good Writing and Examples of How Not to Use Them Don’t double-space after periods and other end marks. Don’t put a space before hitting the paragraph key. -0- Get in one tense and stay there. Don’t change tense unless the time frame of what you’re writing is actually changing. Pay attention to the tense of attributions—generally they should be consistent. -0- Start sentences with subjects. Avoid long subordinate clauses. Short sentences are good. Split long, awkward sentences into separate sentences. Avoid parentheses and brackets. Tell readers where you get your information Unfortunate: Whether Captain Kirk himself adopted an attitude of melancholy sadness toward the world’s dominant political ethos (he rarely had much interest in elections and rarely voted, so he probably did), even a close reading of his career path offers no trace of any political activism in San Francisco as a young man. Better: Captain Kirk said he wasn’t much interested in elections and rarely voted. His biography suggests he felt the same way as a young man in San Francisco. -0- Try to change prepositional clauses to adjectives or adverbs— or leave them out. Unfortunate: These same salacious stories had been presented as fiction in a workshop. Better: The same stories had been presented as workshop fiction.
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