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Cut it out

In Writing on April 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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As with Oreos, sometimes fewer words are better than more words. Succinct is always better than verbose.

I recently went on a public diatribe about meaningless adjectives. (You can see it here. It’s in the April 22 report.) I decided to call these scourges relational adjectives; they are words like “small” and “huge” and “awesome” that only work in relation to some other thing that you don’t even mention in your story.

Alas, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you should throw out of your nice, neat story. Here’s quite a list of literally amazing stuff that you could really just do without. (If you read the list, I swear you’ll laugh…)

The point, as writer Shanna Mallon suggests in the above piece, is that lean writing is strong writing. I’ll spare you examples of bloated copy if only you’ll promise to reread your next story and look for relational adjectives and the fillers mentioned in Mallon’s piece. Do that and I will consider this a banner day. Really. Literally.

Clay

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