Why less is more when it comes to word counts, column widths, paragraph sizes and article lengthsBy Dan Kaufman on February 24, 202304
No one wants to read a huge block of text – which is why limiting your word counts, column widths and paragraph lengths is key. Here are some recommendations:
The problem with using elegant variation to avoid repetitionBy Dan Kaufman on September 4, 20220
Most writers have a fear of repeating words – and so they’ll strive, in often ludicrous ways, to come up with synonyms and alternate descriptions. This is called elegant variation – but it’s often anything but elegant.
Why turning verbs into nouns is often – but not always – a bad ideaBy Dan Kaufman on April 10, 20220
Turning verbs into nouns is called nominalisation – such as when you change decide into decision. Doing this can either improve your writing or sap the energy out of it, as this article explains:
Proofreading cheatsheet and step-by-step guideBy Dan Kaufman on December 12, 20210
We often don’t spot mistakes while proofreading because our minds know what we want to say – which is why a proofreading cheatsheet and guide can help. You can download them here:
A tragic tale of typos and grilled cheese sandwich makersBy Dan Kaufman on October 12, 20210
A typo isn’t just a typo. It’s a sign people don’t care enough, which usually means there are going to be other mistakes – as this tragic tale of a delayed sandwich maker shows.