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Use concluding words to state your main point.

When you are writing a document to persuade your reader about an idea, you present your supporting ideas or evidence leading up to the main point. If you do this well, your reader will come to the same conclusion that you are trying to make.

To show that you have finished making your argument (i.e., completed writing about the reasons for your idea) and are about to state the main idea, you use a concluding word. A concluding word tells the reader, “Based on this information, I conclude that . . . .” Sample concluding words and phrases are thus, therefore, in conclusion, and as a consequence.

These concluding words provide a signpost for the reader. They say, “I’m done giving the evidence, and now I’m going to tell you the idea that I want you to believe.”

You may be able to make your main point without them. However, they are very effective for helping the reader identify what it is you want them to understand.

This is the strategy for day 81 in 300 Days of Better Writing, available at Hostile Editing in PDF, Kindle, and paperback formats.

For a sample of 300 Days of Better Writing and other books by Precise Edit, download the free ebook.

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Library Book Talk a Fun Success

Precise Edit's Alina Padilla giving away a copy of "300 Days of Better Writing."

We gave our second library book talk, “Writing that Hits Your Target,” at the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque on Saturday, March 9th. Like the first book talk in Santa Fe (the La Farge Library), it was a success!

The presentation was short, but full of useful information for all writers. We also answered questions about the editing process. 

The presentation addressed five major writing concepts from 300 Days of Better Writing:

  • Rhetorical/grammatical subject;
  • Subject, verb, and object;
  • Sentence and paragraph transitions;
  • 1 idea per paragraph; and
  • Writing simply. 

We also gave away a book to one lucky recipient. 

We look forward to more successful library book talks in the future. We also look forward to teaching more on-line courses of “Top Five Writing Strategies,” which cover the same major topics. 

We would like to thank the staff at Tony Hillerman for helping make our book talk a success. 

For more information on our writing guides visit PreciseEdit.com.

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Commas for Lunch

Learn to use commas correctly, leading to professional and clear writing. “Commas for Lunch,” a live, 1-hour online course by David Bowman, chief editor of Precise Edit.

Topics include the 6 major uses of commas and the 3 most common places where people use commas when they shouldn’t. Participants’ questions will also be discussed and answered.

Date: February 4, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m. EST
18 seat maximum

The course PDF is $0.99 (not required to participate).
Click here to register, or visit PreciseEdit.com for more information.

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“Commas for Lunch”, a free on-line workshop.

Learn to use commas correctly, leading to professional and clear writing. “Commas for Lunch”, a one-hour on-line course by David Bowman, chief editor of Precise Edit. Date: Sept. 24, 2010 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST. 18 seat maximum Attendance is Free. COURSE FULL.

Stay tuned–We’ll do this again.

UPDATE: 0 Seats remain.

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Create a Well-Formatted Document

Some time ago I posted an article titled “Basic Computer Skills for Authors.” Then I wrote an article titled “Converting for Kindle” that gave tips on how to format a document and upload it to Kindle using basic HTML. After reformatting Word documents for clients, I realized that a third article is imperative, “Creating a Well-Formatted Document.” 

Consistent Format

When reviewing a document before I begin to reformat, the first thing I notice is inconsistency, as if the author were thinking, “Shouldn’t documents have multiple font settings, font sizes, and headings? Isn’t a document that’s fully clad more appealing to the reader? Shouldn’t I show the reader that I’m mad by doing this to the word mad: MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?” 

No. They shouldn’t, it isn’t, and he shouldn’t.  Continue reading


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Dependent & Independent Clauses

True or False: a Dependent Clause does not have a Subject-Verb relationship?

Occasionally, we answer questions on Yahoo! Answers. Below is our response to the question in the title of this blog, chosen as “best” by Yahoo! voters.

Our Answer

False. By definition, a clause has a subject-verb combination, whether it is dependent or independent. Perhaps you are thinking of a phrase, which does not have the subject-verb combination.

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Restoring the Power of Clichés

How a cliché becomes a cliché

When a particular cliché was first used (before it became a cliché), it created an impact. It used words in an interesting and novel way. The person who heard or read the expression might have thought, “Gosh, that’s a really creative way to express that idea.” Then, when other people began to use that expression, they were not clever; they were copycats. Having no interesting ideas of their own, they used someone else’s idea. When many people do this, the once clever expression became a cliché. Continue reading

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