These are ten focus points for professional writing development.
1. Write sentences that are grammatically correct.
2. Use correct punctuation.
3. Eliminate redundant words and phrases.
4. Use sentences that are not too short and that are not too long.
5. Combine thoughts and ideas in a logical way.
6. Know when to start a new sentence, and know when to start a new paragraph.
7. Combine words to form phrases and sentences that are typical and natural for English.
8. Choose language that is appropriate to the context. Adjust writing to a proper level of formality, informality, seriousness, casualness, politeness, or familiarity.
9. Understand how to use grammar structures and vocabulary to say what you mean, to be concise, and to express thoughts clearly and logically.
• Grammar is not simply the correct combining of words according to a given set of rules. Meaning is contained within grammatical structures, which is why one grammar structure is more suitable to the expression of a thought or idea than another one is.
10. Produce writing that does not challenge readers to understand what one is communicating: produce intelligible or comprehensible writing.