RAHKONEN'S WRITING RULES
1. Compose on the level of the paragraph.
a. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence.
b. Each subsequent sentence should relate to the topic sentence.
c. Keep the same verb tense throughout the paragraph.
d. Avoid one-sentence paragraphs.
2. Use standard word order in sentences:
(subject-> verb-> object).
a. Avoid passive voice. "The ball was hit by the boy." = "The boy hit the ball."
3. Use standard plain English.
a. avoid jargon.
b. avoid colloquialism.
4. Don't overstate your position.
a. Don't present conjecture as fact.
5. Don't write a blow-by-blow account.
6. Write at the level of your subject and at the level
of your audience.
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