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Bad writing can be turned into good writing with this piece of advice – avoid the ‘7 Deadly Writing Sins’. What are these sins? I’m glad you asked and so is Hamilton. According to Hamilton, here are the 7 deadly writing sins:
1. Passive Voice
Avoid using passive voice. Sentences that are written in passive voice are often unclear and wordy sentences. On the flipside, sentences that use active voice produce generally clearer more concise sentences. Examples >>
2. Incorrect Punctuation of Two Independent Clauses
Punctuation of a sentence is crucial as it could change its’ meaning completely. Many writers tend to combine independent clauses in a single compound sentence in order to emphasize the relationship between the clauses. Examples >>
Be clear so your readers understand what is being said. Wordiness can obscure your thoughts and ideas and will frustrate your readers. Get straight to the point and be clear about it. This will make your work crisper and easier to read. Examples >>
4. Misuse of the Apostrophe
There are two main reasons for the use of the apostrophe:
Writers often misuse it when using plurals and possessives. Remember: use the apostrophe to indicate possession, not a plural. Examples >>
5. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Misplaced and dangling modifiers often create illogical sentences. Remember to place modifiers next to the words they modify. Examples >>
6. Pronoun Problems
Pronouns can come in handy when replacing a noun, but if you choose pronouns poorly, you can obscure the meaning of a sentence. Common errors include unclear pronoun reference, vague subject pronoun and agreement. Examples >>
7. Committing Pet Peeves
If you write clearly you will become a more effective writer. Avoid committing these professors’ pet peeves. Examples >>
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Great tips Chad Troyan. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing. I am definitely guilty of doing a few of these from time to time.