Sharpen Your Writing Skills: Three Simple Sentences

by Randy Murray on October 1, 2012

October is hereby proclaimed, “Work On Your Writing Month.” All month long I’ll offer very short, very productive exercises and assignments. Stop by every day and spend just a few minutes sharpening your own writing skills.

Today: Write three simple sentences about the weather.

First, just answer this question: How’s the weather there today? Tell me in three sentences.

Next, look at these sentences carefully. Can you strip them down and at the same time make them clearer? Can you remove all internal punctuation and rewrite them to make them very simple and direct?

And when you’re done with this pass, read them again and ask yourself, “Did I fully describe what it’s like here today?”

Continue to rewrite these three sentances until you have polished them, made them clean, direct, and simple, and above all, descriptive.

You can also try this with any subject picked at random. Just write three sentences and then work on them until they’re just right.

Come back for more lessons every day in the month of October.

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