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Published on March 18, 2014

Author: JoeGrimm

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Wordy writing has got to go! Tips to fight wordiness from a journalism instructor at Michigan State University.

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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