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    How to Write Addictively Readable Paragraphs

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    Mmm, addictive writing.

    Like fantastic coffee or exquisite chocolate, it keeps readers perpetually coming back for more.

    Would you like to produce such work every time you write?

    Then you need to do more than just plunk words down on the page or screen.

    You must master the art of luring readers along the pathways that your words create for them.

    And one of the best ways to do this is to properly use that unsung hero of every piece of writing…

    The humble paragraph.

    Display Your Delectable Words

    Paragraphs are like shelves in the store—they provide the structure that displays the goodies, but they are easy to overlook.

    You don’t look at the shelves—you look at what’s on them.

    Similarly, you should think of your paragraphs as the almost invisible scaffolding that holds up your writing.

    After all, you don’t want your readers to stop and think, “My, what a well-constructed paragraph that was!” You want them so caught up in the story you’re telling that they flow seamlessly from one paragraph to the next.

    Let’s talk about how to create that flow.

    Structural Tips

    To ensure that your ideas are clear, you need to set up your paragraph “shelves” in a way that makes sense.

    What if the grocery store didn’t divide things into logical sections? You wouldn’t know whether to find the ketchup next to the lettuce or the cottage cheese!

    Similarly, you want your paragraphs to follow some sort of common-sense order, so that your readers can get exactly what they came for with a minimum of fuss.

    The three factors to achieving this are coherence, development and bridging.

    1. Coherence

    This means that a paragraph should “hang together,” moving logically from point to point and making internal sense.

    Read this, for example:

    The conference was a blast! I was tired when I got home, but I’m still glad I went. I picked up a book by Jane Smith, who I’ve admired for ages, and she actually signed my copy. I learned a lot, too. It’s going to take me a while to go through my notes and see what I can apply.

    See how the thoughts bounce all over the place? Now compare it to this paragraph:

    Despite being tired when I got back from the conference, I had a blast there. I learned a lot, took lots of great notes that I can now apply to my situation, and I even met Jane Smith, a long-time idol of mine. (She even signed my copy of her book!)

    The second paragraph is more coherent because it starts with the main idea (I enjoyed the conference), and lists the reasons in parallel (learned, took notes, met).

    2. Development

    Paragraph development means making sure that your paragraph’s main idea is fully fleshed out.

    You can do this in many ways:

    • Chronological – Write about events in the order that they happen.
    • Location – Describe elements ranging from smallest to largest or vice versa, “panning” from one area to another, etc.
    • Example – Clarify what you mean by giving illustrations.
    • Compare and contrast – Discuss how two or more things are the same or different from each other.
    • Process steps – Give a sequential series of steps to achieve an outcome.
    • Analysis – Discuss the different implications of the paragraph’s topic.

    3. Bridging

    “Coherence” and “development” deal with the content within paragraphs, but “bridging” is a powerful technique for transitioning between them.

    Bridging means creating a flow from one paragraph to the next by linking their content. This creates a natural continuation that pulls your readers along from one paragraph to the next.

    You can do this in many ways.

    • You can allude to something in one paragraph, then talk about it more fully in the next. (Just like I did in the first two paragraphs of this section.)
    • You can repeat words to create a “carryover” effect.
    • Can you ask a question at the end of a paragraph to create curiosity?

    Of course you can! (Then you answer it in the next one.)

    • You can even create lists, where the attention naturally flows from one item to the next.
    • Another way is to write one enormously long paragraph, and then go back and look for the places where you can break it up naturally.

    Be creative and have fun!

    Content Tips

    Now that we’ve talked about paragraph structure, let’s take a deeper dive into making sure their content is as clear and compelling as you can make it.

    1. Use the active voice.

    In the active voice, the subject of a sentence does an action (the verb), often to a direct object—e.g., “The dog grabbed the stick.”

    In the passive voice, the word order is switched so that the direct object becomes the subject and is now acted upon—e.g., “The stick was grabbed by the dog.”

    Sometimes writers use the passive voice because they think it makes them sound more literary or intelligent, but it’s needlessly wordy:

    The kids were told by the teacher that they needed permission slips for the trip, but an exception was made for Gricelda.

    There’s nothing technically wrong with that sentence, but it feels distant. Disengaged. It also makes the reader work harder to understand what’s going on.

    But when you use the active voice:

    The teacher told the kids that they needed permission slips for the trip, but he made an exception for Gricelda.

    Now there’s more juice, more life. And it’s easier to grasp what’s going on.

    Sometimes the passive voice is appropriate:

    Dessert was delicious. The pears were poached in a rich currant-and-ginger sauce…

    And sometimes it’s used as a deliberate attempt to create distance:

    Think of the classic political statement, “Mistakes were made.”

    But in general, the passive voice leads to extra work and a feeling of disengagement. Neither should be inflicted upon your audience.

    Or, rather, you should not inflict either one upon your audience.

    See what I mean? 🙂

    2. Focus on verbs and actions.

    When you focus on the action in your sentences, you add more zing to your paragraphs.

    Many writers think the way to jazz things up is through lots of description, but that often muddies them or—even worse—makes them sound comic:

    She lost herself in his gorgeous green eyes, which were the most eye-catchingly attractive eyes she’d ever seen, as he reached for her arm with a soft-but-slightly-roughened hand that made her skin shiver with delight when he made contact.

    You want your writing to be vivid, not overly flowery. And vividness is displayed through action.

    She gazed into his green eyes and shivered with delight when he touched her arm.

    So ditch all but the most crucial adjectives and adverbs, and give us those exciting verbs!

    3. Default to short, simple, clear words.

    Similarly, you don’t want to obfuscate your intentions with overly palaverous prose, either. This makes you sound neither erudite nor alluring.

    Instead, make simplicity your mantra. Your readers will appreciate you for it.

    One fantastic technique for developing simplicity that cuts right to the chase is to write some poetry.

    Poems don’t have to adhere to any specific standards to be “good,” and you never have to share them if you don’t want to. But writing them will help you refine your focus and pare your paragraphs down to the essentials.

    4. Lead with your conclusion.

    This advice doesn’t apply to every writing style—you wouldn’t want to spoil the big reveal at the end of the paragraph in a suspenseful story, for instance.

    But in both descriptive and persuasive writing, you want to make it easy for your audience to follow along. And often the best way to do that is to prime them in advance with your takeaway points.

    In this paragraph, the author (me!) does nothing to help the reader understand where she is going:

    The colors mixed and blended across the paper in a way that pleased Henry. He had always loved art class, and loved to paint with watercolors. It earned him a comfortable living once he got into some galleries. Art class had always been his favorite time of the week. He gained more control of the paint over time, too. He painted for himself now, though he hadn’t always.

    In contrast:

    Painting had always been Henry’s solace. As a child, art class was always his favorite time of the week. He loved to watch the watercolors mix and blend across the surface of the paper, and as he practiced, he gained more control of his chosen medium. He’d exhibited for many years and in many galleries, earning a comfortable living. Now he simply painted for himself, reveling in the beauty of the soft colors.

    In the paragraph above, I start with the main thing I want you to know—that painting has been important to Henry all his life. I then fill in the details—in this case, chronologically.

    If you stack up these “mini-conclusions” at the start of enough of your paragraphs, over time this will force your thinking—and your writing—to become clearer.

    5. Don’t be lazy—look for the perfect word.

    Another great way for disciplining your thinking and learning to write well is to look for the “Goldilocks” word—the one that is just right for the situation. English has so many amazing words, it’s a shame not to give fair play to more of them.

    Every writer should own a decent thesaurus—and use it. If you don’t have a physical one, try online.

    Scan your draft for wishy-washy, ho-hum, don’t-really-say-much words, and see if you can replace them with something more precise and flavorful.

    Is it a “tree,” or a “pin oak”?

    Is it “great,” or “uplifting”? (Maybe even “transcendent”?)

    But be aware of nuance. Was the CEO’s decision “admirable” or “praiseworthy?” There’s a difference.

    Take the time to use a dictionary if you’re not sure exactly what a word means. As an experienced writer and editor, I look up far more words now than I ever did in school!

    You don’t have to go on a rampage with this. (Remember what I said about simplicity?) Sometimes “tree” is exactly what you need. But your paragraphs will sparkle if you liven them up with words that evoke precise ideas and images.

    6. Vary your sentence lengths.

    Some writers plod along diligently. They write very clear sentences. These don’t contrast much, though. Every one is about the same length. And it gets monotonous pretty quickly. Just like the sentences in this paragraph.

    On the other hand, writers of excellent paragraphs know enough to change things up from time to time. Some sentences are short. Others are long. (Even fragmentary.) The whole point is to vary their lengths so that the reader stays engaged the whole time. Like in this paragraph.

    See (and feel) the difference?

    7. Avoid being overly clever.

    You know what happens when a joke falls flat?

    Everyone is embarrassed. No one will quite meet the eye of the would-be jokester, and there is an uncomfortable silence.

    Don’t put your readers in that position.

    So unless you’re someone like Allie Brosh or David Sedaris, chances are that if you try too hard to be witty, you’ll… well, be trying too hard.

    That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t develop your signature writing voice. And if it turns out to be comedic or clever, then more power to you.

    But your voice is something that develops naturally. Through lots of practice. And it is what it is. Trust that if you write straightforwardly and honestly, your voice will be powerful whether or not it’s “witty.”

    It will be YOU. And that’s what counts.

    Visual Tips

    It’s easy to think that the content of your paragraphs is the only thing that matters. After all, people read because they are interested in what you’re saying, right?

    But if you forget about the purely visual aspect of your paragraphs, you might be making things more difficult for them.

    Nowhere are these visual concerns more important than when you write online, where people tend to skim.

    Here are a few tips to make sure you keep your online readers’ attention:

    1. Use short paragraphs.

    There’s a feeling you get when you’re confronted by a seemingly endless wall of words, and it’s not a nice one. So do your readers a favor, and break up long paragraphs into short—even bite-sized—ones.

    They can be as short as a single sentence.

    Or a fragment. Or a single word.

    Really.

    This has the visual effect of giving your writing “breathing room.”

    Your readers’ reactions may be conscious or unconscious, but either way, when they see plenty of white space, they will feel relieved—and much more likely to keep reading.

    2. Don’t indent your paragraphs.

    Instead, make them “flush left” and use spaces between them.

    Of course, if you’re writing a traditional book and submitting a manuscript to a publisher, you’ll want to follow their submission guidelines.

    But in general—and especially for online writing—flush-left paragraphs with spaces between are easier to read.

    3. Consider using bulleted or numbered lists where appropriate.

    This handy technique is often overlooked by writers.

    For instance, I could tell you that the benefits of using lists include visual appeal, greater readability, clearer thinking, and ease of comprehension.

    Or I could tell you that the benefits of using lists include:

    • visual appeal
    • greater readability
    • clearer thinking
    • ease of comprehension

    4. Consider overall readability.

    It’s good practice to look at your words from the standpoint of a prospective reader.

    If you came across your own writing, would it appear visually inviting enough to dive in and start reading?

    If not, what could you do to make it more so?

    • Larger text?
    • A different typeface?
    • Headlines in a contrasting color?

    Look at other similar websites, books or articles (or whatever format you’re writing in) that are aimed at your audience for examples of visual appeal, and then do what they do.

    Entice Your Readers with Every Paragraph

    As a writer, the responsibility for making your work easy and pleasurable to read is yours.

    But so is the power.

    In this world of overwhelm, you have the ability to coax your readers into paying attention to what you say.

    It may take some practice (anything worth doing always does), but with these handy tips, you can transform your words into addictively readable paragraphs that your readers will savor.

    And you will entice them to come back for more.

    Which of the tips above will you pick today to make your paragraphs more addictive? Let me know in the comments!

    About the author

      Michelle Russell

      Michelle Russell is a freelance editor who works with all kinds of authors to help them get their blog posts, articles, novels, and other creative works of writing out into the world where they belong.

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    • AJ Flowers says:

      Great advice! It’s a refreshing change from “how to start your novel” or “write the perfect query letter”. The technical nuances of writing structure should be analyzed too.

    • Charlie Smirnova says:

      Hello. At the moment, I’m forming ideas about how I want to write my first book.
      I want to start it with an action which involves murder. I’m sure this is what happens in the beginning. But I’m debating with myself to add a love story in this. I know it’s important to the story because it solves the question of what made this happen. I want it to be a nested story. For it to show the past and the present. I want it to be about her hiding from the people who killed her husband and the children are also in hiding. She doesn’t tell her children the situation and a person who wants to write about truth called her up before the hiding but she rejects because of the time. But then she calls her up one day and agrees to stay in the person’s home with the children. I’m just unsure to talk about the love story to see if it’s relevant. I really don’t know.

    • Juliar Nur says:

      Thanks for the tips especially about the part of focus on action

    • pat says:

      Your two sample paragraphs on coherence are well chosen and instructive. Thanks.

    • Before commencing writing a fabulous paragraph, it’s good to decide couple of things. How to find you talking about? What would you like to say? The goal of any paragraph can be to express an outline. Most paragraphs are made up of a small number of related paragraphs. Paragraph writing service can help you in this fact.

    • As a Blogger every one knows How to craft an article blog post. But even though a blogger well written, some of mistakes has been done in a blog posts. Through this it will be very helpful. Thanks for Sharing.

    • Nicole says:

      This was really helpful, thanks so much Michelle 🙂
      I look forward to reading more of your blogging tips!

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    • Arnold Watson says:

      I am compelled to use all of your tips as I find them useful and quite insightful. Thank you for the golden nuggets!

    • I have read your article. It’s obviously informative.So everyone should focus on check my paragraph and try to write a perfect paragraph.

    • Jaswinder says:

      Impressive advice for ambitious writers

    • Pimion says:

      Thanks for the article. There are so many interesting tips I’ve never even thought about.
      Am I the only one who likes the first paragraph more then the second one in “Coherence” part?

    • A comprehensive overview of how to improve the value of every paragraph and link them all together in a compelling way!

    • ChrisK says:

      As this was an addictively readable article, I can safely say you practice what you preach.

      I’ll be bookmarking this one for future reference, a lot of excellent advice. Thank you!

    • Mark Tong says:

      Hi Michelle – excellent clear advice – i especially need to take note of ‘bridging’ – I normally just lunge between one idea and paragraph and another , hopefully towing the reader along in my wake – but usually not!

    • This was so much interesting and adorable article i already shared this with my team mates and its also helps us to create more better paragraphs and appreciate your efforts.

    • Thank you, Michelle, for your interesting and helpful article!

      Breaking up writings into short, sometimes single sentence paragraphs, is new-to-me information that you and others have been offering lately.

      I did know about not writing hugely long paragraphs, so I appreciate reading this even newer approach.

      I have not posted for a while in my blogs, so this gives me some new ideas as to why they may not have been read by many in the past.

      So, thank you again for your information.

    • Tiffany says:

      This is such a great article! I really struggle with active voice in my writing and often forget to consciously write in active voice.

      My business partner and I had a bit of a debate about paragraph length a few weeks ago. You confirmed his opinion, darn it! I hate being wrong! My academic background is really heaving in journalism so paragraphs tend to be a little bit longer. I can totally see how powerful shorter paragraphs can be in blogging.

      I also wanted to compliment you on your “about the author” bio. We are working on our perfecting the elevator pitch for our company right now, so I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I am saving yours as an example of an elevator pitch that speaks directly to the needs of your ideal customer. Well done!

      • Tiffany–LOL! Sorry I lost you the argument. 🙂 But in a sense you didn’t really lose, because ideal paragraph length does still depend heavily on the medium. So, for example, when I’m blogging I’ll use shorter, punchier sentences and paragraphs . . . but when I’m reading a good escape novel that I want to dive in and disappear into for a while, that would drive me nuts–I want long, luxurious passages I can savor. So it really depends.

        And thanks for the compliment on my bio! I’m flattered that you’re keeping it as an example. 🙂

    • Brilliant. This post is evergreen – chock full of gold. Thank you for writing this Michelle!

    • Kimsea Sok says:

      Thanks for sharing…! Honestly, I admitted that this above article educated me a lot about writing and formatting of paragraphs.

      Actually, when I write any article of my blog post. I just try to make the sense short, and less sentences in my paragraph.

      I use content analyzer and Grammar for assistant while I wrote the article.

      However, even sometimes those tools help me a lot of writing but I found that some error which those could not help me.

      It remains me to do manual check, but I’m abilities to check it because less knowledge of English.

      Thanks for sharing…

      • Nothing wrong with using helpful tools, Kimsea–and I’m always impressed whenever anyone takes on writing in English–not an easy languages to master!–when it’s not their native tongue.

        And if you’re keeping the sentences and paragraphs on your blog short and to the point, that’s probably the very best place to start. 🙂

    • SOUHARDYA DE says:

      FANTASTIC!!!

    • Exemplary! A perfect job of explaining how to write something others might actually want to read.

      Thank you.

    • Judy says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I love paragraphs.

      I agree with your ‘shelving’ and ‘breathing space’ too. If there is white space between paragraphs, I choose to read through to the end of the article without having to stumble or pause for breath.

      I was reminded that variation in sentence length invites the eyes to enjoy the piece.

      I love the written word and this article was beautifully written.

      A lot of gold nuggets to take away.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Someone just left paragraph needs in a blog comment, and now this. A perfect storm.

      With scanning readers I’ve gone to single sentence paragraphs. Maybe it’s writing down to the audience, but losing them to lack of attention concerns me more.

      A screenwriter’s trick is keeping everything on the page to three lines. It eliminates the fear of huge blocks of text.

      Great post. Very thorough. Took me back to my English major days. Good times.

      • David–interesting, I didn’t know that about screenwriters! Seems very similar to blogging, then, in that respect. 🙂

    • Elle says:

      Such useful info Michelle. I must say I especially loved #5…I’ve often read articles where clearly the author is writing for themselves and not their reader. Being far too clever to be remotely interesting most definitely isn’t the way to get me to return!

      Thanks for this.
      Elle

    • Beth says:

      Hi Michelle

      Thank you so much.

      The tips you provided will help me a lot. The one I particularly liked was about the ‘Vary Sentences’ tip.
      ough
      I recently sent in a manuscript for the Freeditorial Long-Short Story contest. And let me tell you at first I started the outline like the pro’s say we should do. That all went well. No problem I began typing out my manuscript that I like to refer to as my little Frankenstein as Mary from Write To Done calls first draft then I put it one side, on ice for a day according to the 10 Vital Steps to Editing and to my horror, I discovered the following: My sentences first of all began with, (and this is no lie), my sentences all began with ‘She’. My dear sweet little character did all the actions by herself. This is the way it went: She did this; she did that; she jumped; she screamed; she said; she mumbled. Etc..etc…etc.
      Eventually by the time I had typed almost 24 000 words later, 1) I was singing along as if my character were in a play and she skipped along merrily. 2) I was left so breathless after reading my own little Frankenstein that I felt totally exhausted. 3) In the beginning I thought my characters were all as stiff as cardboard, so this is perhaps why I had my little character do all the actions.
      As a first time writer, I was to say the least appalled that I had written in this manner. I mean I’m an educated woman who lives in the 21st century, right? Wrong I felt like I had gone back to kindergarten.
      Well to cut a long story very short, I re-examined each sentence, line for line and yes there are still some she said this and she said that or she did this and she did that in the manuscript but I sent my little Frankenstein in after I murdered the little darlings known as adjectives and adverbs and killed a few clichés that got in my way. What was left? A sense of something is missing! I likened it unto a child’s colouring book where some kind person drew the outlines of the picture for me and all I had to do was pick up the right coloured pencil and colour it in. This helped my paragraphs tremendously. After all was said and done, thanks to the online bloggers whose tips like yours have helped me a lot. I sent my manuscript in on Friday. Somewhere deep inside of me after the third draft I sensed that my little Frankenstein was ready to face the world.
      Whether it is good enough for the rest of the world I don’t know. all I do know is when I pushed the send button I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction like none that I’d ever known before. I patted myself on the back and told myself, “Well Done. Good job!”
      But Michelle, I know I couldn’t haven’t written a 24 000 word long short story without the help of people like yourself and the Write To Done Team and Bryan Collins. I call you all my online tutors.
      Thank you for this blog I have bookmarked it and will refer to it as I begin my next story.
      Kindest Regards
      Beth Nielsen

      • Beth, thanks for sharing that story! I think it illustrates several important lessons–first of all, that we can all write if we have a story to tell and we’re brave enough, like you were, to jump in with both feet and get it out onto the page or screen.Not everyone has the guts to do this, but you did–brava!

        I also think there’s a powerful lesson in the way you didn’t take what you noticed too personally–when you realized that all your sentences started with “she did this” and “she did that,” you didn’t say, “Oh my gosh, I’m just not destined to be a writer!” Nope–you calmly went through your manuscript again and re-worked it until you fixed this problem and felt it was ready to face the world.

        But by far, my favorite thing you said was this:

        “All I do know is when I pushed the send button I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction like none that I’d ever known before. I patted myself on the back and told myself, ‘Well Done. Good job!’”

        Good job indeed, you brave author, you. You earned that wonderful feeling, Beth. 🙂

    • Elaine S. Milner says:

      Excellent article! I’ve read these tips before, but it’s good to review them, especially with good examples like yours. I think I need to work most on coherence.

    • Loved the part about “bridging”. I so needed to hear that today!

      Thanks for a great article.
      Sue

    • I’m thrilled you corrected the error, well worth waiting for. Because I’m doing one last edit before I send my manuscript back to the publisher I’ll be concentrating on 1-3. Thank you so much for these tips! They are, in my case, so timely.

    • Great article and excellent advice to pros and newbies alike. A good, solid check list.

    • Radhan says:

      Thank you for sharing so generously. For those of us who are out of practice, the advice with the useful illustrations is helpful.

      I feel that I want to get back to it and practice.

    • Which of the above tips would I pick? Can I be greedy and say ALL? Every single little, itty, bitty word of advice here is very useful. Although I must say that I totally related with the whole section on Visual Tips.

      I have learnt so much since following writetodone. Well done and thank you. I’m off now, to test my new found knowledge.

    • Thanks Michelle, so many wonderful writing tips again. Bookmarked for sure!

    • I am do glad I joined since I have a lot to learn.

      Thank you!

    • Dawn says:

      Love the dog-Jack Russells are fur covered tornadoes!
      Oh and great article…..

      • Dawn–I know, right? The fine folks at Write to Done chose the picture, and when I saw it, I just grinned. How could you not, looking at a spring-loaded ball of enthusiasm like that? 🙂

    • Jamie Wyatt says:

      What a great article! I am keeping it for inspiration AND as a reference!

    • Finally, an article with some real meat to it. I learned more from this article than I have whole books on writing. It followed all it’s own rules. It was easy to understand, it was pleasing to the eye and I love lists and numbered items in articles. A great piece of writing!

    • Roger lawrence says:

      I rather like palaverous words.
      Are you sure about no indents? My English teacher would slap me silly if i didn’t indent every paragraph but the first.

      • Hah–I like it when I get to USE words like “palaverous”!

        And yes, the no-indents rule is good practice . . . but for online writing only. Traditional print media usually still uses the good ole’ indented paragraphs. So it completely depends what you’re writing and in which medium . . . each has its own standards.

    • Virginia says:

      I need to shorten my paragraphs. All these tips and techniques are sound practice. Thanks for demonstrating them so well.

    • Thanks Michelle!
      I really appreciate the emphasis you place on varying sentence and paragraph length. Not only does it help the reader visually, it also helps make it more interesting.

      I think it’s a helpful tool.

      But one rarely used.

      One thing I usually speak to writers about, is in finding your own voice, think about how you’d speak with a close family member or friend. That tone you’d have with a friend is one that your readers would appreciate as well.

      In other words, relax. Write like you speak.

      Just make sure you edit your writing.

      One question, do you recommend having a closed loop in your blog posts? What I mean is do you think it important to be coherent, developmental and bridging, then coming back to the original point at conclusion? Or do you advise against that method?

      • Hi David–good question! I’m a fan of closing the loop in general–it only adds to the coherence, and wraps everything up in a neat package at the end of your blog post. So yes, it’s good if you can restate your main point, if you can do it in a slightly different way instead of repeating it using the exact same words.

        That said, I’ve read blogs where after a while the content seems to follow such a similar pattern from post to post that it gets a bit tiresome after a while . So I’d say it’s also fair game to change up your writing approach from time to time, just to keep things fresh. Blogs are wonderful places to experiment because you can get feedback so immediately.

        Also, I like the way your comment embodied a lot of what I wrote about in the post. 🙂

    • Great Post Michelle! I loved the simplicity of your message here while giving us lots and lots of detail.

      Good writing, in a sense, is about the detail and the format.

      Next up?

      Simply Seductive Sentences that Sizzle?

      Love ya, Awesome to see your post here.

      Cheers,

      Joseph

      • Oooh, Joseph, what a great headline! I’ll have to con(sizzle) . . . erm, consider that one next. 😉

    • Charlotta Yvonne Smith says:

      I am glad that I can finally view this article and I agree with everything that was written! Especially, using active voice versus using passive voice. I used to make that mistake a lot. Thanks for the help!

    • Valerie says:

      Hi Michelle! Nicely written! I guess #5 (content tips) is right for me. My English is still very limited, so I guess I should really make the effort to vary my words, instead of being repetitive. Thanks for your tips 🙂

      • Thanks, Valerie! Funny, though–from your comment, I’d never even guess that English isn’t your first language. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      This is VERY helpful.

      Many thanks!


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