Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Writing: Wordiness

Good writing is simple and direct. One way to make your writing simple and direct is to cut out useless introductory phrases. Here are some examples.

With reference to your question, I think we should go on Thursday.
Just say: I think we should go on Thursday.

It goes without saying that the poor who are helpless need assistance.
Just say: The poor who are helpless need assistance.

At that point in time, he had no vocational goal.
Just say: He had no vocational goal.

Also, avoid "It is" and "There are"

It is time that heals all wounds.
Just say: Time heals all wounds

There are some writers who cannot help being words.
Just say: Some writers cannot help being wordy.


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