Do make paragraphs clear, focused, readable, and short. Every paragraph should have its own identifiable point. If you can’t explain (to yourself) the point of a paragraph, it needs to be rewritten.
Do start a new paragraph when you start a new idea. Use new paragraphs for all quotes that are a complete sentence, or when switching to a new speaker. Even if you leave a paragraph “shorter than normal,” it’s still better to write short paragraphs with clear ideas than longer paragraphs that leave readers guessing.
2. Headlines and Titles
CORRECT: 3 Easy Ways to Beat the Queen’s Pawn Opening
CORRECT: Nakamura, So to Play Death Match
It is O.K. to use “and” in an article headline.
CORRECT: World Champion Magnus Carlsen will play in the tournament.
CORRECT: Carlsen became world champion last year.
CORRECT: The current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, is good at chess.
4. Hyphens and Dashes
CORRECT: January 4-6, January 15-February 1
5. Bold Text
Do bold key ideas, names, and places in your article or news item, especially early in the piece. This increases readability and gives readers a quick idea of the article’s most important points.
Written by Chess.com staff, with special thanks to Pete, Mike Klein, and Peter Doggers.