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101 Writing Tips 1. Every sentence should make sense in isolation. Like that one.
 

Summary: 101 Writing Tips
1. Every sentence should make sense in isolation. Like that one.
2. Excessive hyperbole is literally the kiss of death.
3. ASBMAETP: Acronyms Should Be Memorable And Easy To Pronounce, and SATAN: Select
Acronyms That Are Non­offensive.
4. Finish your point on an up­beat note, unless you can't think of one.
5. Don't patronise the reader---he or she might well be intelligent enough to spot it.
6. A writer needs three qualities: creativity, originality, clarity and a good short term
memory.
7. Choose your words carefully and incitefully.
8. Avoid unnecessary examples; e.g. this one.
9. Don't use commas, to separate text unnecessarily.
10. It can be shown that you shouldn't miss out too many details.
11. Similes are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
12. Avoid ugly abr'v'ns.
13. Spellcheckers are not perfect; they can kiss my errs.
14. Somebody once said that all quotes should be accurately attributed.
15. Americanisms suck.
16. Capitalising for emphasis is UGLY and DISTRACTING.
17. Underlining is also a big no­no.

  

Source: Ammar, Greg - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University
Higham, Nicholas J. - Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester

 

Collections: Mathematics