Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise
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.