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Using Writing Smells to Refactor Your Email

August 30, 2012 Tagged: email refactoring writing Comments (View) Using Writing Smells to Refactor Your Email I’ve recently started applying some code refactoring techniques to writing emails. Yes, emails. Your goal as the writer 1) Get the reader to read the most important thing 2) Get them to respond quickly or do something quickly We all get too much email and the following is my approach to try and make emails simpler, easier to respond to, and more readable. I adapt the concept of code smells for use in email as “writing smells”. Here’s my process and an example. It’s not perfect but it’s useful for me. Writing Smells Forest for the Trees Break every sentence into a separate paragraph (each on a new line with a blank between). This helps to highlight long sentences. Also, it narrows your refactoring focus to one sentence at a time and improves readability. More Than O...

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