10 Tips for Better Writing

Written by Tim North

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Niles: But Miss Fine's age is only ... Fran: Young! Miss Fine's age is only young!

4. Excessive punctuation: Only one exclamation mark or question mark should be used at a time. Considerrepparttar following over-punctuated examples:

Buy now!!! Great bargains!!!!!!!!!!

Excessive punctuation looks too much like hysteria and detracts from your credibility. Avoid it.

5. Headings: For long works, establish a clear hierarchy of headings. Microsoft Word's heading styles are great for this. (They also allow you to automatically create a table of contents.)

6. Hyphenating prefixes: Most prefixes don't need a hyphen; i.e. we write "coexist", not "co-exist". There are exceptions, though. The prefixes "self-" and "ex-" are almost always hyphenated.

7. Numbers: Numbers of ten or less are normally written as words.

8. Quotation marks: Users of American English should use double quotes (" "). Users of British English should choose either single quotes (' ') or double quotes and stick with them for repparttar 129347 whole document. Incidentally, British English usage is increasingly moving towards single quotes.

9. Spaces: Modern style is to use a single space atrepparttar 129348 end of a sentence, not two. Also, most punctuation marks (e.g. commas, full stops, question marks) are not preceded by a space.

10.Tables: Set table text one or two points smaller thanrepparttar 129349 main body text and in a sans-serif font such as Arial or Verdana. Avoid vertical lines as they tend to add unnecessary clutter.

Armed with these simple guidelines, your writing should be well received every time. Good luck!

You'll find over 200 tips like this in Tim North's much applauded e-book BETTER WRITING SKILLS. It's just $19.95 and comes with a 90-day, money-back guarantee. Download a sample chapter here: http://www.betterwritingskills.com


Written by Tim North

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Hererepparttar language is deliberately worrying. Words like "leaking", "dangerous", "contaminants", "unfounded", "urgently" and "damaging" all combine to persuaderepparttar 129346 reader thatrepparttar 129347 current situation must be investigated.


If you're trying to change a belief (the hardest ofrepparttar 129348 three tasks), you'll have to be especially persuasive as it's human nature for people to resist such changes.

Ifrepparttar 129349 reader is to accept your argument for change then it may require him to admit (even if just to himself) that his current beliefs or practices are in error, and many people are deeply reluctant to do this. There are issues of loss of face, humiliation and status involved.

One approach to this problem is to be diplomatic and emphasise how existing practices were sound inrepparttar 129350 past but now need to change to meet new circumstances. For example:

Our existing security practices were well suited to conditions inrepparttar 129351 early to mid-nineties. The changes brought about by networking andrepparttar 129352 rise ofrepparttar 129353 Internet, however, mean that it is now time to change our attitudes. We need to recogniserepparttar 129354 mission-critical importance of heightened I.T. security.

Note that this appeal is polite and non-threatening. Also it uses inclusive words like "we", not "you". Hopefully, accepting it won't be perceived as losing face.

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