J.R. Nyquit’s linked article below is more than well worth the time you’ll spend to read the entire piece. It is excellent in its content. For me, his the ‘bottom line’ quoted below is exactly what needs to be spread far and wide, and IMHO, should have been the opening, but hey, I didn’t write the piece.
I learned effective writing in the mid 80’s while on active duty during a tour on staff at a NCO Academy (a pretty intense in residence course that awarded 11 semester hours after successfully graduating the course). One of the main tenets for effective writing was, (and remains for me today) make your bottom line your top line.” In other words, cut to the chase at the beginning of your paper, and then use the rest of your paper to persuade and support your ‘Top Line’
Here’s the literal bottom line from J.R…
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