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Tips for cutting your work
I’ve just read a 453 word article by Gordon Wells (Writing Magazine, January 2009) called ‘Cut, cut cut’ where he talks about losing the waffle when writing. His remit is to write a 450 word column give or take a few words. Here are some of the useful tips that I’ve taken from the article:
- Always make sure your work is correct, concise and clear (he calls it the ‘3C’ rule).
- Use Ctrl-F to find certain words that you don’t need and cut them out e.g. the words ‘very’ and ‘and’ (when cutting out ‘and’ he suggests using a full stop and a capital letter instead).
- Only use relevant examples in your article.
- He suggests an average sentence-length of 15 words (maximum 25).
- Don’t explain something that your readers would know already.
- Don’t create phrases that really don’t make sense – an example he gives is ‘slightly pregnant’.
My thoughts: I would have thought that everyone over-writes. I tend to write freely in my first draft to get all the ideas and points down and then go through a few times and edit. The article always reads better after a few goes. Gordon Well’s tips will just improve things more.
I also want to say how great the Writing Magazine is – there are so many articles in there. I’ve been ‘clutter clearing’ today and found copies going back a few years (hence dipping into a magazine from 2009). I may need to recycle some, but I’m finding it hard to part with them.
Wishing you a fantastic weekend.
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Writing Magazine, January 2009 (UK)