Read your writing out loud.
Before you send your document, print it, get up from your desk, and walk down the hall reading it out loud. A few things will happen.
First, you’ll get bored. Bored! Whoa. If you’re bored by your own writing, just imagine how triple-bored your reader will be! Strive to thrill yourself with what you write.
Second, you’ll get confused. That’s because your sentences contain too many ideas. How many ideas should each sentence contain? One! Just one.
Third, you’ll run out of breath while reading. That’s another signal that your sentences are too long (or you need to jump on the treadmill three times a week).
And finally, you’ll catch typos you’re...oops, your spell checker missed.
Try it today. You’ll hear your writing in a fresh new way.