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Let’s celebrate!

December 14th is Plain English Day. Let’s celebrate by committing to cutting the waffle from our writing from today onwards. No more wordiness, no more extra long sentences, no more ambiguity. Just good old, easy to follow, easy to understand, plain English. In the spirit of Plain English Day that’s all I have to say, so that’s all I’m going to say. I just need to thank my good friend Lise Allen for bringing this to my attention and sending some great resources that I’ll share with you below, along with some that I knew about already.

Fat Free Writing

This is a fantastic resource dedicated to helping you “Omit needless words” and cut the confusion out of your writing. Check it out here. [#WriteInPlainEnglish]

3 Month Thesis

Two great posts from James Hayton. Short and sweet making the point very clearly. What more can you ask for on Plain English Day?
Cutting the rubbish
Counting commas
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The Thesis Whisperer

Where to start with Inger’s amazing Blog? Well a cop out answer might just be to say go and check out her [easyazon-link asin="B009GPRSP0" locale="us"]book[/easyazon-link]. Ok, I’ll pick two articles for you. This one is about how to make it less difficult to cut and edit your work. I also recently wrote a similar post here. The second golden nugget from the Thesis Whisperer is this post on how to declutter your writing. [#WriteInPlainEnglish]

Patter

Pat Thomson’s blog is a constant source of inspiration for me. She too has a book that has taught me so much, even after I had been writing this blog for a while. You can check it out on [easyazon-link asin="B000UYCPP4" locale="us"]Amazon[/easyazon-link]. Here she writes a post which can help you come to terms with the “cutting” process, didn’t you know words aren’t a finite resource?. Pat also outlines a great way of getting the “skeleton” of your writing down on the page. This makes it much more difficult to write waffle and much easier to #WriteInPlainEnglish.

Purdue OWL

This is a great general resource if you haven’t seen it already. Check out the the Sentence Clarity sections on this page. [#WriteInPlainEnglish]

Grammar Girl

This is a great resource for the grammatically challenged (like me). Here’s a post about improving sentence clarity. [#WriteInPlainEnglish]

Over to you?

What have I missed. Are there any must read articles/ books out there to help us improve the clarity of our written work? Please share them in the comments below. Or tweet #WriteInPlainEnglish