Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cutting unnecessary words

Here's one tip that may save you time and effort and improve your readability.

The next time you have to write anything, go through it when you have finished and cut out any words that are not needed.

Start with meaningless time phrases which add nothing if the verb is in the correct tense. For example, "in the future", "any time soon" or "at the present moment in time".

Then look at your adjectives. Are they necessary? If not, remove them.

Once you get the habit of editing your writing, you will find the result clearer and easier to read.

In a later post, I will show you what some authorities on good style say about this.

I will also be adding good and bad examples from time to time.

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