Posted by: Jack Henry | March 10, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Writing Tips – Trimming the Fat

We’re going to take a break from our grammar lessons so I can share a series of writing tips with you. Each tip is important enough that I think it deserves its own day (but I am starting with the second tip). From

The author James Michener said, “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” If you’re an aspiring author or someone striving for clarity in your professional or academic writing, you appreciate the methodical march of the rewriting process. Each word in a sentence has a job; cut those that do nothing. These six tips will help you achieve clear and concise writing.

Trim the Fat from Flabby Phrases

Some writers use wordy phrases when a single word will do.

Use because instead of:

· Due to the fact that

· In light of the fact that

· Owing to the fact that

Use about instead of:

· Concerning the matter of

· In reference to

· With regard to

Use can instead of:

· Is able to

· Is in a position to

· Has the capacity to

Kara Church

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