Most people struggle cleaning up their writing abilities and prowess. The following six quantitative tips will help improve your writing functionally for better performance, respect and recognition anywhere.
1. Use of serial comma
The policy of preceding every item in a list but the last one with a comma is common to every student and that should never be forgotten at one point. Adherence to serial-comma style eliminates the dilemma in the sentence therefore brings more clarity to the audience reading the sentences.
2. Check Your Work for Plagiarism
One of the worst things that could happen to you as a writer is failing to write unique and original work. Duplicated content will not gain you recognition for your analogies and neither will it earn you more marks if you’re still studying. Even then, in a world where everything has been talked about, keeping you written work 100% unique is hard. However, with a strong plagiarism checker, you can be sure that your work will pass the general threshold for unique work.
3. Minimize Capitalization
Capitalization is the writing of a word with its first letter as an upper case and the remaining letters in lower case. Various words that are capitalized include job titles only before names, first word of a quoted sentence, proper nouns, title publications, titles of high-ranking government officials etc. Names that are not capitalized include those of academic majors, generic names of entities, names of seasons etc. Capitalization is a minefield; when in doubt, it’s advisable to look it up and search on the site for “capitalization” for many articles on the topic.
4. Repair Comma Splices
This is used where a sentence has two independent clauses. Therefore it helps to separate two independent clauses in a sentence and in that case a normal comma is not useful. Breaking the clauses into distinct sentences, or separating them with a semicolon or a dash — or a comma and a conjunction (and, or, and so on) is preferable.
5. Omission Of Extraneous Hyphens and Insertion of Necessary Ones
Compound nouns such as decision making, problem solving and similar compound nouns require no hyphen unless they precede a noun as a compound modifier for instance “decision-making procedure,” “problem-solving aptitude”). “Near collision” and other similar constructions don’t, either, with the same exception (“near-collision statistics”). Established compound modifiers usually don’t require a hyphen even before a noun (“high school student”). Hyphens have various uses and writers are advised to check up on the site to perfect their skills.
6. Limit Displays of Emphasis
As writers put much emphasis on something at times, they may make the whole article boring for readers. When adding emphasis, words can be italicized to indicate that they are being used to refer to themselves, not the things they stand for or to signal a foreign term (“Wunderbar” means “wonderful”), or to make sure the reader understands that something is really important. Words can be initial-capped to indicate irony or other humorous intent. Boldface is appropriate for introducing new vocabulary or otherwise calling attention to an unfamiliar term but is best limited to textbooks and guidebooks.
About the author:
Sandra Miller is a freelance edtech writer from Brooklyn. She has PhD in English literature. You can reach her at Google+.
28 thoughts on “6 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Writing! [Guest Post]”
I hate people who plagiarize my work, I’ve had that happen on more than a few occasions. Definitely agree on the capitalization by the way, geez some people sound like they are literally SCREAAAAAAAAAAMING lol
That’s awful, I dread the day it’ll happen to me if it ever does. Yeah true!
Happens to me soooo many times, wish there was a way to ‘block’ certain people from entering my blog 😦
I wish I could master this! GREAT lessons. I need to take YOUR class! I also agree; we need to only submit original writing from our own heads and hearts… unless of course you would like to reblog me! Smile. As always another great post from one of my favs!
A wonderful guest post right? 🙂 Yeah reblogging is fine! Thanks for coming by!
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Thanks for the reblog!
I have become a hyphen addict and I never used to be! Suddenly there is also a grammar check for this and I am more cognizant of it, I think it’s from texting but I am going to eliminate this!
At least you’re aware of your mistakes, that’s the most important step in overcoming them!
Don’t really consider it a mistake! I love the infamous hypen still – – – – –
Thank you! We always need reminders. I have become a hyphen addict. I’m in the process of looking for a 12 step program for similar addicts.
You’re welcome! Good luck with overcoming your addiction. I’m sure you’ll make it!
Great tips, Daph….! 🙂
Thanks but the credit goes to the guest blogger Sandra 🙂
Ooooops, Daph… By the time I reached the last tip I’d clearly forgotten it was a ‘guest post’…
Well done to Sandra, and to you for hosting…! 😳
Great tips my friend. A priceless advice to anyone who is passionate about writing. Thanks.
You’re welcome! Sandra’s tips are awesome indeed!
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Thanks for the reblog 🙂
Thanks for posting this I found that plagiarism checking site very helpful 🙂
You’re welcome! Thanks for coming by!
Thanks for tips, whosoever wrote it.
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Thanks for coming by! My pleasure 🙂
These are great tips, especially in this digital age. The often tend to overuse some forms of punctuation and many rarely consider the notion of plagiarism.
That’s right. Thanks for coming by!