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

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Wordiness wordy writing

  1. 1. be concise and precise.
  2. 2. • “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:
  3. 3. • Vague • Confusing • Misunderstood • A chore for the reader • Rude • Weak Wordy writing is:
  4. 4. Tight writing is: • Direct and effective • Efficient for busy readers • Inviting • Powerful
  5. 5. • Did you have an elongated spheroid of calcite and keratin containing an ovum in an envelope of albumen and jelly ...
  6. 6. ... or an egg?
  7. 7. a word economist ...
  8. 8. ... be ruthless ...
  9. 9. ... be the knife.
  10. 10. Wordiness includes: • Jargon • Passive construction • Redundancy • Adjectives • Alternatives to “said”
  11. 11. Let’s practice: • in order to • absolutely essential • despite the fact that • together with each other • engaged in an argument • small in size
  12. 12. • make a determination • past history • budget plan • with the exception of • each and every • due to the fact that • in close proximity • utilize
  13. 13. Let’s try it.

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