What Is Style, and How Do I Get Some? 200 Although writing as you talk rarely works for most people, reading your draft out loud to see how it sounds is often a great way to catch stiff, overly formal word choice and sentence structure. Writing as you speak may work well with a first draft to get your ideas flowing, but it's usually a waste with subsequent versions. Lie #2: Never begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction. You remember your old friends the coordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, and yet. For years, you've probably been told that starting a sentence with one of these babies, especially but and and, is verboten. Yes and no. It is true that starting a sentence with a coordinating conjunction can make that sentence seem like an afterthought. It's usually better to use conjunctive adverbs such as moreover, in addition, and furthermore in the middle of a sentence to link ideas. Another effective way to connect related ideas is to link your clauses with also. On the other hand, recall that the coordinating conjunctions function as important verbal signposts for your readers. These words alert readers that specific points are coming down the pike: and shows addition; but shows contrast. Therefore, beginning a sentence with a coordinating conjunction is fine if it makes your writing read more smoothly and makes your point more clearly. Lie #3: Never end a sentence with a preposition. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. You've already learned that it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition if doing otherwise will result in an awkward sentence. But it's not something to make a habit of. Lie #4: Big words impress people.