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  Do write sentences of different lengths
change your sentence length

Do write some dialogue in between describing what's happening.
describe what happens

Do write a question or several questions in a row.
use questions

Do start sentences in different ways
change your sentence starters

  Don't use the words and, then, or but to link your ideas too often.
Dont over-use words This is boring! Use different words like: as, next, later, when, whilst, or use commas and full stops instead, like this:
Dont over-use words

Don't keep starting your sentences with the same word.
Dont start with the same word This is boring! Find different ways to start your sentences, like this:
Start sentences in a variety of ways

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