Tuesday, June 20, 2017

3 Ways to Strive for Sentence Conciseness

Sentence Conciseness Will Improve Your Writing

It is quality not quantity that counts in writing. Most good writing is not cluttered with superfluous words.

Here are three ways to improve your writing:

(1) Eliminate extra words and the unnecessary repetition of ideas. 
For example:
Wordy: The dog played with a small, little, round ball, which was made of rubber.
Better: The dog played with a little rubber ball.

(2) Reduce clauses to phrases and phrases to single words.
For example:
Wordy:  We decided that we would leave the meeting early.
Better: We decided to leave the meeting early.
Wordy: The illegal immigrants who had been captured were deported to Mexico.
Better: The captured illegal immigrants were deported to Mexico.

(3) Avoid trying to sound like Shakespeare. Write naturally. 
For example:
Wordy:  Illumination is required when the sun has sunk into the west and left the premises in darkness.
Better: Turn on the lights at dark.

What about you? Do you sometimes use more words that you really need? I know I do, so when I go back and proofread what I have written, I often find myself tapping the delete key.

Click here for a FREE exercise on reducing wordy sentences.

Thanks for reading,