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Practice tip
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Author:  J Kaufman [ Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Practice tip

When you come across a long sentence soldered to another long sentence with as, put a period after the first sentence. Delete as. Capitalize the next word and make two sentences. The reader will understand that the second sentence follows the first, because it still follows it. This is a good idea for any sentence, but especially the lede. You don't want the reader to be winded early.

The Senate is shelving for now a resolution to authorize the use of force against Syria, deferring to diplomatic efforts as Secretary of State John F. Kerry prepares for a potentially crucial meeting Thursday with his Russian counterpart in Geneva on a proposal to disarm Syria’s chemical weapons.
[Washington Post]

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