Only have a few minutes to polish your nearly late project? Utilize the time to build up your language by cutting down.
Yes, trimming away the fluff and filler will strengthen your writing, even if the project ends up being a little short. I offer some brief tips for using those last 10 precious minutes.
- Combine and condense sentences without using the word "and." In scanning, if you spot several identical words in two consecutive sentences, they need to be wrapped up in one.
- Cut wordy phrases that are unnecessary or implied. Rather than saying "In order to accomplish the task," just say "To accomplish the task." Avoid phrases like "In conclusion" because they do nothing - we can see on the page that you are concluding.
- Chop place holders like "it is," "which are," "that are," and "there are" because they don't say anything. Reword.
- Eliminate repeated ideas. The same information twice is unnecessary in written language. Don't even summarize in most cases - appropriate in verbal presentations, but not written.
- If you can write a sentence with fewer words, then do. Anytime you can say more with less, you are more powerful in written communication.
Hope the quick ideas are useful.