Recently, I took a competitive exam that would enable me to be a candidate for permanent hire. The odds of passing this writing test are around 15%. The vast preponderance of people who pass are people fresh out of college and lawyers.
We were told one can not study for this exam. We were told that either one has the ability or one does not.
I refused to accept those myths. I quickly realized that my style would not pass that exam. I went through books of short essays and one book stood out above the rest. Mark Alexander's simple no frills writing style worked like a charm. I examined Mark Alexander's sentence style for One Hundred hours. Mark's style made the rules of grammar come alive.
My passing this exam does not ensure that I will get a permanent job. However, I have cleared a major hurdle and remain a viable candidate for the next three years minimum.