Writing Clearly

If you write clearly, your readers won’t have to read your sentences more than once to understand them. This checklist will help you eliminate writing practices that hinder clarity.

Check that each pronoun clearly refers to the noun it replaces.
Change passive to active voice when possible.
Consider rewriting sentences that use verbs to be.
Rewrite nominalizations into verb forms.
Unstack modifying nouns.
Consider changing academic sounding words to plain words.
Adapted from Gurak, Laura and John Lannon. Strategies for Technical Communication in the Workplace 3rd ed. USA: Pearson, 2016. 95-99.