Keys to better writing

Are you using too many words to say the same old thing using a bunch of fewer words than you think?

Besides that sentence, here are other examples of weak, wordy sentences and their stronger cousins:

Weaker:  At this point in time, it would be good if more people who live here chose to slow down and stop speeding all the time.

Stronger:  More people need to slow down and stop speeding.

Weaker:  During Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show, more than a few people decided it was time to dance, sing and rock along with the singing star.

Stronger:  Fans danced, sang and had a rockin’ good time during Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show.

Weak Words to Avoid

  • really
  • very
  • never
  • a lot
  • just
  • feel
  • seem
  • think
  • often
  • almost

Examples

  • Feel:  I feel the government should end mail delivery on Saturdays.
  • A lot: A lot of people should stop speeding.
  • Just:  He’s just worried about how he looks.

Stronger:

  • The government should end mail delivery on Saturdays.
  • People should stop speeding.
  • He’s worried about how he looks.

So remember to proofread for wordy sentences and weak words, then edit, edit, edit!

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One Response to Keys to better writing

  1. Write Tight is on my bookshelf and on my list to read in 2013.

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