Does your business writing need to go on a diet?
Are your paragraphs too fat? Sentences too bloated?
Then it’s time to exercise some fat-free writing. The best part of this writing recipe is it reduces the excess weight slowly, so the fat stays out for good.
Here’s the basic recipe for reducing flabby writing:
Take 1 piece of writing and print it.
Take 1 pen, red is optional.
Read through the writing slowly.
Take long paragraphs; cut unnecessary phrases like “at this point in time” and “It is necessary that.”
Start sentences with the subject, follow with the verb; limit sentences to 12-20 words.
Read each sentence; cut words that end in ly, like “actually” “really” and “totally.”
Use the pen to cut “there is” and “that.”
Cut all weak sentence endings.
When finished, your writing will be slimmer, clearer, and easier to read. Guaranteed.