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Tips to write better

Here, you can find articles about practical ways to improve your scholarly or professional writing. These are especially relevant if you’re writing for an international audience or you are a multi-language author—but useful for anyone, I hope 🙂

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Some contractions can be harder to read: Writing for international readers

Some contractions can be harder to read: Writing for international readers

Do you use contractions (like "it's" and "don't") in your writing? I do! But some kinds of contractions may make it harder for readers to follow. Do you use contractions? ...
Writing clear English for diverse audiences

Writing clear English for diverse audiences

We're advised to tailor our writing to our audiences. But what if our intended audience is very diverse? What can we do to write as clearly as possible? ...
Different documents need different structures

Different documents need different structures

To write effectively, you need to pick the right structure that matches the purpose of your document ...
Key to clearer writing: Know what you want to say

Key to clearer writing: Know what you want to say

If you want to write clearly, you must know what you want to say. This may seem obvious but it's surprising how many writers forget this point ...
Key to clearer writing: Be consistent

Key to clearer writing: Be consistent

Some things about writing better are hard, but others are quite simple—like being consistent ...
Key to clearer writing: Know the big picture before you start

Key to clearer writing: Know the big picture before you start

Understanding the big picture—before you start writing—will help you write better. When you know who and what the document is for, you can put the right pieces in the right ...
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3 tips to write succinctly

Academic writers are often told to "write succinctly"...but what makes your writing succinct? Use short, concise words, and short sentences ...
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3 ways to cut the clutter from your writing

Drafts of your manuscripts are bound to have clutter. That's perfectly normal. But what exactly is "clutter" and how can you get rid of it? Find the verb, cut repetition ...
Plain language for academic & professional writing

Plain language for academic & professional writing

Have you heard of "plain language"? It's language that your audience can understand clearly. The principles of plain language are useful for all writers, including academics. Get started with these ...

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