November 1, 2008

Writing Tip: Avoid run-on sentences

Avoid long sentences.

These are also known as "run-on" sentences because they keep running on and on. Even if your sentence is well-written and correctly punctuated, it's still difficult for readers to follow. After 25 or so words, readers begin getting lost in a sentence.

So, if you have a sentence that's over 30 words, consider rewording it or breaking it down into two separate sentences. Also, mix up the length of your sentences. Have short ones, medium-sized ones and longer ones.

-Mark Grabowski

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