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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Be Specific in Your Writing + CONTEST

Being specific is important to help your readers understand what is going on and what you’re trying to tell them.

You can be more specific by cutting out these phrases at the beginning of sentences:

·         There was/were (For past tense.)
·         There is/are (For present tense.)
·         It was

Example: There was a loud bang at her front door that made her jump.
Better: A loud bang at her front door made her jump.

Example: There is nothing better than a cold coke on a hot summer day.
Better: Nothing is better than a cold coke on a hot summer day.


To rewrite a sentence that starts with “it,” you need to figure out what “it” refers to. Whatever that is needs to be replaced by “it.”

Example: “It was a dark and stormy night.”
Better: The night was dark and stormy.

I sometimes start sentences with “it was” if the previous sentence states what I’m referring to by “it.” But I try not to do this very often.

SHARE: Your tips for being more specific.


CONTEST: Re-imagine the sentence, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Put what you come up with in the comment section. I’ll pick my favorite one and share it on next week’s blog post 11/4. I’ll also award the winner with a PDF copy of one of my eBooks. (Choice between Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds.)


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