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Part II: Choosing Your Words Carefully > Sharpening Your Writing Style

Chapter 4. Sharpening Your Writing Style

In writing, style means how language is used. The meaning of your message often can be stated in endless ways with most readers understanding what you mean. But a writing style that is unclear, clumsy, or weak can bog down and distract the reader to the point that the message itself becomes obscured. On the other hand, learning and using good style makes writing easy to read and understand. Ideally, the reader does not even notice the style.

Listed below are 10 common pitfalls that can spoil your writing style and lessen clarity, crispness, and vigor in your correspondence. You may personalize this list by jotting down other pitfalls you have encountered.


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