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6. Write in way that you speak. It's friendlier to read and it's an easier and more natural way for you to write.
7. Don't worry about perfection too soon. Spell checking, indenting paragraphs, changing font size - this is icing on cake. Just let your writing flow and, just for once, forget grammar. Perfection can come later - at redrafting stage.
8. Think about your readers in a different way. You may be anxious that your article is not "good enough" to be read by your peers. Remember, even if your audience are "experts", they don't know what you think about your subject. Nor does it mean that they know everything there is to know about a subject area. Target your writing towards an intelligent, enthusiastic, but non-expert, reader and your writing confidence will grow.
9. You've completed your writing. This is your first draft. The secret, now, is to redraft and redraft again. You'd be surprised at just how many things you'll want to say differently when sun rises tomorrow! Read your article once a day, make changes then put it aside until next day. In a few days, you'll read your article and find nothing to change. That's when you're ready to publish!
10. Believe in yourself. The first articles you write may not be perfect but more you write, better your style will become. It's like learning to walk - all it takes is a little time and lots of practice.
(c) 2005 Lynda Blake
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