Doesnât wordy writing drive you crazy? Itâs easy to spot a wordy sentence or paragraph when youâre the reader, but sometimes itâs hard to be succinct when youâre the writer.
During the summer before my junior year of college, I interned for my local branch of the National Writing Project. I had the wonderful opportunity of working with different kinds of writersâpoets, short story writers, non-fiction writers. Every day, Iâd listen as people read aloud part of a piece theyâd been working on. I quickly discovered that incredible writing is wicked tight writing.
When writing is tight, every word is significant. Thereâs no wordiness or redundancy. It sounds great, but all of us writers know that it takes a lot of messy editing to get those clean sentences. So hereâs some help in eliminating unnecessary words: a list of phrases that you can put on the chopping block, and what you can replace them with. Read More