Below are some tips I learned in a class at Auburn that can help you become a better writer.
“It’s” and “its” are not interchangeable.
Rarely start a sentence with a dependent clause. Subject-verb-object sentences are preferable.
Punctuation goes inside quotes.
Said says it all.
“Community” “indigenous” poor writing. Find another way to say it.
Nobody cares what you think- don’t put yourself in a story.
Ask the most antagonistic question at the end of the interview. If you don’t have an antagonistic question you probably don’t have a story.
They help guide the reader from one idea to another, and help your writing flow:
On a related issue,
Look for these red flags to make your story even better:
Long, long wordy sentences
Seven Deadly Sins
Deception: Lying or misrepresenting yourself to obtain information.
Conflict of Interest: Accepting gifts or favors from sources or promoting social and political causes.
Bias: Slanting a story by manipulating sides of the story.
Fabrication: Manufacturing quotes or imaginary sources or writing anything you know to be untrue.
Theft: Obtaining information unlawfully or without a source’s permission.
Burning a source: Deceiving or betraying the confidence of those who provide information for a story.
Plagiarism: Passing off someone else’s words or ideas as your own.