Write like you talk

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  1. Write an essay.
  2. Explain to a friend what you said in it.
  3. Go back and rewrite it to say what you just said to your friend.” - paulg

Short sentences work

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” ― Gary Provost

Words to avoid

From UK GOV style guide

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Useful phrases for academic writing

Updated 02 January 2023