Technical advice from my unpaid editing job:
- Commas are not your enemy!
- They are also not semi-colons.
- If you’re American, use the Oxford comma. I mean, everyone should use it, but Americans have no excuse.
- Spell out numbers under ten.
- “Answer briefly” does not mean cram everything into a five-line run-on sentence.
- Don’t use the same phrase within three consecutive sentences (at the least), or the same word, unless it is very common.
- It’s okay to answer questions with a sentence fragment.
- Don’t use multiple words to say something when one will do: e.g., there is a word for “boys over eighteen” (men).
- If you’ve said something already, you don’t need to slightly rephrase it and repeat it a few more times, particularly if you’re trying to conserve space as it is.
- et al =/= etc; i.e. =/= e.g.
- Where possible, use “who” for people and “that” for everything else.