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3. Outline first. Then arrange your topics in a logical order. This reduces need for transition sentences.
4. Limit examples and anecdotes to one per topic.
5. Compress fluff. Don't use "in not-too-distant future" when "soon" will work.
6. If your topic contains do's and don't's, leave out one or other. Instead of "rather than doing 'X', it is better to do 'Y'", simply write "Do 'Y'".
7. Make friends with your dictionary and thesaurus. Replace adjectives and adverbs with active verbs and nouns. "Very, very large" might become "gargantuan", and "ran at top speed" might become "sprinted".
They're not revolutionary, but these simple rules can help you craft an informative, yet compact article for online publications that will have e-zine and Web site editors e- mailing you to ask when your next piece will be ready.
Mike Morgan provides a variety of services for writers. He owns Bison Creek Author Services at http://bisoncreek.com and moderates the Article Post-Short Pieces free content witer-editor exchange for short content and fillers http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-shorts