|1.0 Curing Wordiness||5.1 Sentence Variety|
|2.0 Quick Grammar Review|
|3.0 Dissolving Writer's Block|
|4.0 Punctuation Guide|
|Spin Doctor's Web Design 101|
Sentences all follow same pattern
Sentences sound boring out loud
|Build Variety with Sentence Patterns:|
adverbial clauses, participial phrases, compound verbs, appositives, adjective clauses
|Sentences all begin with subject |
Same subject recurs
Nancy worked for the state of Vermont.
| Sentence patterns: adverbial clauses, participial phrases, compound verbs |
Nancy worked for the state of Vermont, travelling all over the state and meeting many concerned citizens. Once they began to trust her, they told her a lot about each lake and about the local political scene. She devised a program to monitor water quality, trained lay people to take samples, and prepared a study.
|Errors in Word Choice and Predication|
Subject and Verb Don't Match
Vague and Abstract Verbs:
Nancy is experienced. She studies lakes. She works for the state of Vermont.
|Modifier placement, appositives, active voice, vivid verbs: |
Nancy, an experienced limnologist, works for the state of Vermont.
Also read what George Orwell had to say about word choice.
| Sentence lacks emphasis|
She gave $500,000 to the campaign committee.
|Put most important elements in opening and closing positions. |
Her $500,000 donation made the campaign manager's day.
Sentences sound choppy out loud
| Build Bridges|
1. Identify the most important parts of each sentence;
4. Try to vary the length and structure of your sentences by playing with the patterns listed above.
|Maximizing Meaning||George Orwell's|
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