Redundant phrases will clutter your writing and frustrate your readers. Review your writing for the obvious, and less obvious, culprits. For example:

  • Join together = join
  • Advance plan = plan
  • General consensus = consensus
  • End result = result
  • She held in her hand a gift = She held a gift
  • The decor included chandeliers slung from the ceiling = The decor included chandeliers

Redundancies can lurk anywhere. Pay attention to adjectives and phrases to make sure they’re not repeating information that a noun already conveys. And watch the quotes you select. Do they advance the story or repeat the information?

Taken from Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise, a Webinar replay by Lisa McLendon at Poynter NewsU.

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