Let's begin with wordy phrases. Another example: The letter was taken to the mailbox by Sally. It maybe according to your readers or your blog, everything you do makes it better. The perfect quotes from sources in articles, essays, and reports can actually save a lot of words spent narrating. New York: HarperCollins College Publishers, 1994. Keep up the good work people! Also remember that the information needs to be organized logically with the most important points coming first.
Readers want to be able to look through a report and get to the information they need as quickly as possible. And no strict rules exists about how much you should tighten your sentences. Not only is the second message stronger, it's more concise. But writing in the passive voice often leads to using more words than necessary. They will ensure that your essay is strong and concise. Remember to write all the sections in plain English, except the body, which can be as technical as you need it to be.
In this passive construction, the meaning of the sentence is clear, but there are more words than necessary. Words Providing Needless Detail There is no reason to write what is already obvious to the reader. When using these, you must carefully bear in mind two important considerations: i Tone Links of identical meaning and grammatical use can have marked differences in tone. The era in which we must aggressively defend our woodlands has , for all intents and purposes, passed. Writing that is concise packs maximum meaning into the fewest possible words—think of how you would pack your suitcase for an extended tour of Europe. Other people believe decreasing the number of guns is the key to stopping gun violence. First, you have to build an image of the content.
No doubt What is Concise Writing Method? University Press of Mississippi, 2002 Depending on your work's length, your revision step may first be large-scale trimming of sections or chapters, or you may start at the paragraph or sentence level. There should be several sections, each clearly labeled with a subtitle. Works consulted We consulted these works while writing the original version of this handout. So when is less better? But when I write the main text for a blog post I usually start with sentences. It's not about just writing short sentences, though, but getting across the most important information economically, without , unnecessary jargon, needless , and tangents.
Adolescents naturally crave freedom from authority. Good to see you again, Alison. You must cut out wordiness and use precise language. Reports are divided into sections with headings and subheadings. Expletives or fillers, the indefinite it and their are also in this category of wordiness creators. Phrases You Can Omit Be on the lookout for important sounding phrases that add nothing to the meaning of a sentence. That three-page memo that won't get read can be reduced to a one-page memo that will be read.
There is no good reason, yet I see these everywhere in marketing literature and website content I've been guilty myself. . These phrases often crop up in writing that requires a formal tone, but they detract from, rather than add to, meaning. This sentence is the main idea, or , of your essay. When writing, I also suffer from brain pain sometimes. Fortunately, a book called crossed my desk.
Sometimes this proof will come in the form of direct evidence supporting your thesis; other times you will be addressing counterarguments. Thanks Thank you Henneke, By taking out the unnecessary frills you are revealing the true beauty underneath. Due to the fact that can always be replaced with one word, because, hit your mental delete button and get rid of that phrase right now. Learn to avoid these in your writing. First, find any clauses beginning with that, who or which, and see if they can be converted into phrases or single words.
White, but much of the really good stuff is the same. Strong verbs do more than almost anything else to improve prose. You can shake out the dead leaves later. Other kinds of meaningless phrases you might be tempted to use include I am writing to inform you, obviously you are writing, I have the document in my hand, and that's what communication does, it informs. This policy has a tendency tends to isolate some communities. Instead, the first draft is a chance to let your ideas flow naturally.
The policy has , in a manner of speaking, begun to Balkanize the more rural parts of our state. However, there are times when having less is better. If anything, it often simply makes the intended message more complex and therefore less clear. Lebel asked her, in concise terms, if she would become his wife. Compare the following: Lit up ignited Leave behind abandon Go back return Get the audience involved involve the audience Got to see that realized Got better improved Got there arrived Put in installed, deposited Put off postpone, delay Put into action activate Put in place arrange, place Concise language After college, when a job recruiter reads your resume, he or she may simply refuse to wade through excess verbiage. Here you will explain the problem and inform the reader why the report is being made. Expository writers in particular are responsible for clearly spelling out the relationships between ideas and for leading readers convincingly to a desired conclusion.
Often these words serve no purpose other than as filler. Good writing tells the truth and tells it plain. Click for a handful of examples taken from the sports pages of The Hartford Courant. Have you sucked the energy out of it? Writing Concisely What this handout is about This handout helps you identify wordiness in your sentences, paragraphs, and essays and offers strategies for writing concisely. Written by Robert Fiske, The Dictionary of Concise Writing is the definitive guide to fat-free writing.