What does it take to be a so-called “effective writer?” Is it grammar, intelligence, or even spelling skills? Well after reading a bit of our good old textbook I have learned five important effective writing skills.
1. Always package your ideas. A sentence is a package for ideas, so make it short and sweet. Short sentences contain one idea and the optimum average for a sentence is 17 words.
2. Be specific. We shouldn’t communicate in generalities, but instead be as concrete as possible.
3. Cite reasons for your opinions. Support thoughts with statistics, facts, and statements from outside sources to help prove credibility.
4. Always avoid slang and jargon. No one will understand what you are talking about.
5. Use the pyramid power. Always consider the inverted pyramid form when writing a paper. You start with lead paragraphs, then body of article and then end with concluding paragraphs.