vocabulary which is simple while still being exact, avoid misuse of jargon and thoughtlessly abstract words where concrete ones convey the exact meaning. Think again about roundabout, wordy phrases, the over-use of passive structures, and the temptation to use regular nominalization. Try also to use personal pronouns where they are appropriate.
Draft your documents, and then read through, looking for the types of clumsiness we have identified in this Chapter; it is possible to acquire considerable skill at seeing and correcting stylistic ineptitudes. Our chief advice is to be varied and flexible in the use of the wide resources of the language code, but you must also recognize that the precise and incisive encoding of information is a difficult achievement. Even for experienced writers it is not always, or even often, achieved first time. Learn to be a critical editor, as well as a thoughtful writer, and the quality, and impressiveness, of your documents will undoubtedly improve.
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Publication information: Book title: Effective Writing: Improving Scientific, Technical, and Business Communication. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Christopher Turk - Author, John Kirkman - Author. Publisher: E & FN Spon. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1989. Page number: 117.
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