Strip It Down and Build It Back Up

This is for all you writers out there.

When I was in school, I was a very concise writer. If a paper had to be a minimum of 500 words, I was hard-pressed to write more than 400. This is still true today.

Let’s take compression and turn it into a writing exercise.

Take a piece you’ve written and delete any of the extra words. These include words such as that, however, anyhow, so, very, etc. Pare your piece down to the bare essentials. Then put it away for a couple of days.

When you take it out again, read it out loud, and listen closely to what you hear. Is anything essential missing? If so, add it back in. You might be surprised at changes in your new choice of words.

Be sure any words you add back or replace move the piece along. Often, extra words cause the reader to get bogged down in verbosity. Cleaning things up can give a better flow to the movement of your writing.

Happy writing!


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About aprilgrunspan

Writer, potter, and nature enthusiast, both in the wild and of the human kind.

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