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[Word Wise] Easy Writing Tip: Start Each Sentence With a Different Word
April 23, 2015

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Volume 11, Number 2 ... ISSN: 1933-9690

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FEATURE: Easy Writing Tip: Start Each Sentence with a Different

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Part Two of Five Simple Steps for Better Writing

Repetitive writing is b-o-r-i-n-g. You don’t want your readers to click off or struggle through your piece.

One way to make your writing more interesting and readable is to vary the first word in each sentence.

Instead of this:

Starting sentences with the same word or phrase is repetitive and bores readers. Starting sentences with the same word or phrase sounds amateurish, too.

Try this:

Starting sentences with the same word or phrase is repetitive and sounds amateurish. You don’t want to bore your readers, do you?

As you develop your writing skills, you will start sentences with different words and phrases intuitively. Once you vary the first word of each sentence, you alter the rhythm of the piece. This quick fix has a snowball effect. Suddenly, your content keeps your reader’s attention and builds interest in what you say.

What To Do

  1. Put on your “first-word-of-the-sentence” antennae as you read through your draft.
  2. Highlight sentences that start with the same word.
  3. Find ways to change them.
Do the “First-Word-in-the-Sentence Sweep” enough times, and it will become one of your writer’s habits.

Look for Step 3 in the next issue of Word Wise!

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