#GrammarSeries – Three things you should stop doing when you write

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Nobody is perfect and when it comes to grammar, many of us make a few costly mistakes.

Here are three things you may be doing wrong. 

Excessively using fancy words

Fancy words are fun. We agree and they have a way of making us feel smart but that’s not a good enough reason to bombard your article with heavy words. Your writing will be clearer and more powerful if you use them sparingly. After all, you can.

Excessive Punctuation

Sure: sometimes a colon, semicolon, or other fancy punctuation—dashes, for example—can help you get a point across; it’s elegant and convincing.

But often, shorter sentences are better. If your writing feels weighed down by long sentences crammed with lots of punctuation, try taking out some of the extras in favour of sentences that are short and sweet.

Too many negatives

If you’re finding lots of instances of “shouldn’t,” “can’t,” “don’t,” and other variations of “not” in your writing, try to diversify by picking a verb that doesn’t require the word “not.”



One thought on “#GrammarSeries – Three things you should stop doing when you write

  1. I agree on the fancy writing! Just write to write! Speak the way you normally would, and that is what will spark the attention of your readers. People want to see authenticity, and it makes it a lot easier on the writers end to just be themselves.


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