Friday, January 10, 2014

Write Tight (Part 1 of 7)

We used to refer to "the economy of words," which means the same thing as write tight. The shorter our sentences, the easier they are for readers to grasp. One way to economize is to eliminate words that add no value.

Really, very, just, and quite top my list. We use these words in oral communications and our voices add the inflection or emphasis. That doesn't carry through in print.

They're not bad words; they're simply limp and useless. If they add no strength to a sentence, cut them.

Because I want my readers to keep reading,
I eliminate any unneeded words.

1 comment:

  1. Should you eliminate "any" here?
    from Gail P. Smith

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