Published on March 18, 2014
be concise and precise.
• “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no extra words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.” William Strunk Jr:
• Vague • Confusing • Misunderstood • A chore for the reader • Rude • Weak Wordy writing is:
Tight writing is: • Direct and effective • Efficient for busy readers • Inviting • Powerful
• Did you have an elongated spheroid of calcite and keratin containing an ovum in an envelope of albumen and jelly ...
... or an egg?
a word economist ...
... be ruthless ...
... be the knife.
Wordiness includes: • Jargon • Passive construction • Redundancy • Adjectives • Alternatives to “said”
Let’s practice: • in order to • absolutely essential • despite the fact that • together with each other • engaged in an argument • small in size
• make a determination • past history • budget plan • with the exception of • each and every • due to the fact that • in close proximity • utilize
Let’s try it.
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