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Five Tips for Cutting the Clutter in Writing

Get your scissors ready. Richard Nordquist provides five tips for trimming down your writing to the essentials. First, reduce long clauses to shorter phrases whenever possible. You should similarly truncate phrases to single words, Nordquist’s example being to make “The clown at the end of the line” into “The last clown.” Do not use “There is” or “There were” to start a sentence, since they convey no information. Only use modifiers like “very” or “really” when there is a clear reason. Keep an eye out to replace redundant expressions too, a list of which can be found at the original article, along with their practical replacements.

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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