• May 2016
    @Jane R. Snyder Thank you! I've never heard that bit of advice. I'm sure I'm a big offender. I once had a phase of putting "and" between each item in a list for some imagined rhythmic emphasis. I also have to work hard to omit unnecessary "that"s.  
  • May 2016
    One of the best pieces of advice I ever got came from my late mother who told me, "Beware of three letter words!" I never call a manuscript finished until I've read it through once more looking for every three-letter word (and/but/for/the/etc.) I...
  • May 2016
    @ Patricia Robertson Thank you! It took me a long time to see they are good tips. @ Lori A. May Thank you! @ Katy Read The same happened to me. Journalism is where I learned concise language isn't simple or boring. Of course, the way I think is...
  • May 2016
    I took a bunch of English-department writing classes in college -- only after switching to a journalism major did I even encounter the idea that concision is a virtue. But it so is. Sometimes those things are hard to spot -- I might not have noticed...
  • May 2016
    Good reminders! Thanks for sharing this, Sarah.
  • May 2016
    Good tips, Sarah.
  • May 2016
    Wow! Thank you, Kristin. I'm glad you liked it.
  • May 2016
    Thanks for writing Sarah! I'm going to feature this in an upcoming newsletter.
  • January 2016
    I suppose the takeaway is that it's nothing personal and nothing unusual not to hear back for months. I like the idea of the courtesy email to all no-responders. It's a polite and artful way to re-open a line of contact.

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