10 DIY EDITING TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride! Tip #3—Run on Sentences

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Speaker-Publishing Coach

sign a self-publishing agreement

Sign a self-publishing agreement with yourself as the publisher.


What is a “run-on” sentence? Google thinks more than 20 words is too long. And, in general, if sentences are longer than twelve to twenty words, I suggest doing some magic!

Turn one long sentence into two sentences. To entice people to slow down and read today is a challenge. If they are reading the first sentence of your writing, that is already a coup. Do not send them away. No one wants to travel down your byways and highways of unstructured thought, only to get lost on a dead end street of cluelessness.

A video is just a click away, and they will click, if lost or bored. On the Internet, that is called bounce rate. If writing on the Internet, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) best practices suggest writing to a 7th-grade level. Personally, I like to write and read sentences of twelve words or less.

10 DIY Self-Editing Tips for a Smoothly Written Ride by Deborah S. Nelson

To make sentences shorter, look for superfluous words that most writers tend to overuse. These words tend to be adjectives or connector words such as very, try to, just, to be, for me, it, any, end up, only, so, many, more, and much.

Sample 1: Try to simplify your writing to make it much more believable. Over exaggeration in writing can end up haveing the very opposite effect intended.

REWRITE—Sample 1: Simplify your writing to boost believability. Exaggeration in your writing can backfire. Less is more. 

To make a long sentence into two sentences find somewhere to end a thought and insert a period. Next, capitalize the first letter of the beginning of the next sentence, and create another thought.

Flash Book Writing Kits by Deborah S. Nelson

Sample 2: Read about my discovery, and in the light of the new information, learn how to become your own healer and cure your own health problems naturally—I repeat, at no cost! (30 words)

REWRITE—Sample 2: To learn how to become your own healer, this piece shares my new discovery. Read on to cure your own health naturally at no cost. (first sentence 19 words) (second sentence 11 words)

Sample 3: Become your own diagnostician and doctor during these health care crisis times—when you need to take charge of your own health and well-being. (24 words)

REWRITE—Sample 3: With this new discovery, you may be your own diagnostician and doctor! Therefore, during your next health crisis, you can practice affecting your own health and well-being.

Click below to SUBSCRIBE to PublishingSOLO to receive the entire 10 DIY EDITING TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride!

Publish your Book Blueprint by Deborah S Nelson

Have a Dream to Publish a Book—
But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent and detailed DIY publishing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author, friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique system propels both aspiring and seasoned authors through the digital publishing process step by step. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to start!

Includes downloadable template
Free ISBN number & POD account
10 steps to print on demand publishing
Displays book parts in chronological order
Publish your book blueprint proof in a week

Those who have completed Ms. Nelson’s Courses are raving fans. See Videos Reviews & Author Library.
Hmmm … I am not quite ready—just send me the Free Self-Publishing Toolkit

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing Toolkit


About Deborah S. Nelson

Leave a Reply