In Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing, Roy Peter Clark from the Poynter Institute gives 50 tools to help you improve your writing.
At times, it helps to think of writing as carpentry. That way, writers and editors can work from a plan and use tools stored on their workbench. You can borrow a writing tool at any time. And here’s a secret: Unlike hammers, chisels, and rakes, writing tools never have to be returned. They can be cleaned, sharpened, and passed on.
- Tool #1: Begin sentences with subjects and verbs, letting subordinate elements branch off to the right. Even a very long sentence can be clear and powerful when the subject and verb make meaning early.
- Tool #2:Use verbs in their strongest form, the simple present or past. Strong verbs create action, save words, and reveal the players.
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