As I was reviewing my eight-year-old son’s homework yesterday, I called him over to ask what was going on with his Spelling sentences. He’s usually a good writer, so I didn’t understand why he was suddenly adding random, superfluous words to his sentences. He explained that his teacher told the class she wanted them to start using more advanced sentences to prepare for third grade. He made the same mistake that many of us – far beyond the second grade – still do in our writing: assuming that more means better.
In any communication, the only thing as important as the message itself are the words you choose to convey it. Here are three rules to keep in mind as you write:
Lastly, when you are finished editing, go back and read your draft aloud. It will help you identify words that are unnecessarily showy, pointless or insubstantial. Words matter. Make yours matter more.
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Author: Estera Hayes