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Cut The Fat: Make Your Writing Lean And Clean

from The WRITER

From July 24: No, this article is not a check on the progress of your New Year’s resolution. It’s a reminder that our writing, too, can get a little ... paunchy. English lends itself to wordiness. And as word lovers, we are often tempted to trot out our favorite vocabulary and loath to let any of it go. But when it comes to writing — as with so many things — a little dab will do. Or, as I tell my students, readers will thank you for lean, clean writing. No one wants to slog through entangling vines, no matter how pretty. Here are some common offenders. more

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