My ten principles
Here are ten clear-writing principles I teach my students:
- Use effective, readable typefaces and type sizes.
- Keep sentences and paragraphs short.
- Use headings to create obvious, large-scale organization.
- Use moderate enumeration and tabulation for small-scale organization.
- Use concrete nouns as subjects; use concrete verbs.
- Prefer active voice to passive.
- Avoid unnecessary Latin, formal words, and jargon.
- Cut unnecessary words.
- Punctuate correctly.
- Test documents on the intended audience before finishing them.