WRITING ABCs


GOOD WRITING IS ACCURATE, BRIEF AND CLEAR.

BE ACCURATE

1. Avoid generalizations.
2. Avoid all-inclusive terms such as: anyone, everyone, no one all, every, doubtless.
3. Spell names and titles correctly.
4. Avoid exaggerations. Usually used only in humorous writing.
5. Don't inflate things beyond their importance. Look at things for what they are. A staff meeting is not a summit conference.
6. Distinguish fact from opinion. Base your writing on fact, especially in reports.
7. Check all your facts and their sources for accuracy and reliability.

BE BRIEF

1. Make every word count.
2. Rewrite wordy phrases.
3. Reduce redundant phrases.
 

BE CLEAR

1. Write your thoughts in a logical order.
2. Be specific.
3. Choose direct words.
4. Use words correctly.
5. Read what you write.


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