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8 Steps to More Concise Writing

Like Shakespeare says, brevity is the soul of wit, and Mark Nichol wants to jam you full of wit. He writes an article on how to get to the point with your writing. Remove redundancy by avoiding inherently repetitive phrases like “free gift” or “oval in size.” Reduce phrases to words whenever possible. Omit gratuitous intensifiers and qualifiers unless you immediately follow up on why those words are being used. Ditch expletives, nominalizations, and superfluous phrases. Resist the urge to use clichés. And finally, try not to use euphemisms, since they will muddy up the message you intend to deliver.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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