6 ways to stop redundant writing

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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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.


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