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Quick tip: purge your commas

Go through your writing and replace commas with full stops (periods) wherever you can. This will make your sentences shorter. It will make your copy punchier and clearer. It will add movement to your writing.

As with all such style tips, of course, you shouldn’t overdo this. You need to vary the length and pace of sentences to give your writing variety. Too much staccato can be a bit wearing.

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  • Tha-Flash December 13, 2007, 6:20 pm

    I’ve found that I’ve started doing this.

    Also I like to taking out ‘junk words’, even with speaking.
    It definitely makes your communication more effective.

    I’ve never really liked commas anyway 🙂

  • Bob June 12, 2008, 9:15 pm

    Uh, did you mean wearing or wearying?

  • seo packages December 30, 2009, 2:11 pm

    Wearing or wearying both work. Thanks for the advice on commas. Any advice on the proper use of colons and semi colons?

    • Simon February 16, 2010, 6:33 pm

      Lyndon, I’ll have a think about colons and semi-colons. They’re both very useful bits of punctuation, and not used as widely as they should be. I can feel a post coming on…