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I've recently blogged about communication skills as a critical resource for today's leader. (That post is here.)
Along with all the other facets of communication (verbal, non-verbal, visual, etc.) effective writing is a foundational element. Nothing loses a reader faster than bad writing.
Years ago, before Al Gore invented the Internet, a list of rules made the rounds through fax, photocopy, and word of mouth.
I was able to find a complete list of them here.
Consider this a guest post for your edification. Here they are for your reading (and learning) pleasure.
The first set of rules was written by Frank L. Visco and originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writers' digest.
The second set of rules is derived from William Safire's Rules for Writers.
|My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:|
Jeff Goins has a great post on Five Weak Words that Make Your Writing Less Effective. Jeff's blog is filled with practical advice on improving your writing. Read his other posts at GoinsWriter.com
Now pardon me while I go scour my blogs for weak words.