Scholar Helen Sword studied as many writing guides as she could lay her eyes on. She saw six points of unanimous advice: 1. Clarity, Coherence, Concision: write sentences that are clear, coherent, and concise. 2. Short or Mixed-Length Sentences: write short sentences or vary sentence rhythm with alternating short and long sentences. 3. Plain English: avoid ornate, pompous, Latinate, and waffly prose. 4. Precision: avoid vagueness and imprecision. 5. Active verbs: active verbs should dominate your writing; use passive verb constructions sparingly. 6. Tell a story: create a compelling narrative. On drafting sentences, in particular, she offers three guiding principles: 1. Employ plenty of concrete nouns and active verbs, especially when writing about abstract concepts. 2. Keep the nouns and verbs close together in…