Cut words and write concisely

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Want to make a bigger impact with your writing? Then state your idea in fewer words rather than more.

Good writing is about clarity. Be concise and cut unnecessary clutter from your writing. I promise you, write less and you will communicate more easily and get your message across.

Here are some examples to show you what I mean.

WORDY:  In the later part of the month of March 2017, a tropical cyclone was building momentum and moving threateningly towards the coastline of north Queensland.

CONCISE:  On 28 March, Cyclone Debbie smashed the Queensland coast.

If further information is needed, just add another concise sentence:  The Whitsundays were extensively damaged before it reached the mainland at Airlie Beach.

Needless repetition of words or phrases should also be avoided. They distract the reader and blur your meaning.

REPETITIOUS:  This interesting instructor makes an uninteresting subject interesting.

CONCISE:  This teacher makes a dull subject interesting.

REPETITIOUS:  Please send me an email at my work email address which is sam@work.com.au

CONCISE:  Please contact me at sam@work.com.au  

Cluttering your writing with clichés and other fillers is another way to ruin your work. If they don’t need to be there, turf them.

Here are some usual suspects:

It is interesting to note…

At this point in time…

It’s my personal opinion…

At the end of the day…

Show that you care about your readers by cutting words and wasteful repetition. It will save them time and give your writing a clearer, more persuasive direction.