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Three Smart Tips for Simple Writing

Big Word Easy ReadingjpgHave you often found yourself wanting to relax with an easy read?  Whatever genre you prefer, it should be a smooth, easy book.   Wouldn’t you like to understand why some people use complex words instead of going the simple route?


Example one: I was reading an interesting plot on the back cover of a book until this, “The blandishment he used on her finally paid off when she agreed to have dinner with him.”  Huh?  Well, I did what comes naturally in the store and placed the book “back” on the shelf and walked off.  I’m just looking for something simple and soothing to read over the weekend.  I’m thinking, “Why Lord?”

Example two: “While lost in the mangrove swamp, all I could think about was how much I’d love a kumquat.”  This person loves what?  Ok, this book was placed back on the shelf as well.

Complex writing actually makes you sound small-minded and not “smart” at all.

Here are the three tips:

  • Choose simple words.
  • Choose simple words.
  • Choose simple words.

Oh, in case anyone wants to know what the above words meant:

Blandishment – a flattering or pleasing statement or action used to persuade someone gently to do something.

Cumquat or Kumquat – a small, orange-colored citrus fruit with a sweet rind and acid pulp, eaten chiefly as a preserve.

Think simplicity! None of us can ever be perfect writers, and no one expects us to be. Using simple words does not indicate simple thoughts.

Enough said!

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