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Paramedic Method for Better Writing

Writing for clarity
  1. Circle the prepositions.
  2. Circle the "to be" forms.
  3. Ask "Who is kicking whom?"
  4. Put this action (the "kicking") in a simple active verb.
  5. Start fast-no mindless introductions.
  6. Omit needless words.
  7. Don't use lots of adverbs and adjectives. Use nouns and verbs.

from Richard Lanham,  "Paramedic Method"

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