Clunky sentences can trip up your reader. Reread and edit before you hit SEND on your e-mail message, or PUBLISH to your blog post, etc.
Read your post or message out loud, then bravely ask the tough questions:
1. Does this make sense?
2. If I need action from the reader, is the action clear?
3. Are all dates, deadlines or pertinent information written clearly and double-checked?
4. Are all these words necessary?
5. Have I been redundant?
Obviously, this list of questions is not all-inclusive, but you get the point. Self-editing means you get out of your writer role and be the reader – and have the courage to cut, clean and rewrite if necessary.
Thank goodness it’s still vogue in our haphazard, hasty world to write well!
Here’s to clearing the clunk!