Quick Tip: Not To Be

Excellent advice on blogging.. thank you WordPress for giving us these tips.

The Daily Post

We’d all like to think that our thoughts transfer from our brains to the keyboard in precise, punchy, perfect prose — but anything we write benefits from a once-over (or twice, or thrice-over). When editing, we clarify specific sentences and hone our overall message.

A key step in editing eliminates unnecessary words. Unnecessary words drag your writing down; since they don’t contribute to your message, they throw a roadblock between your thoughts and the reader. Finding and nixing them moves readers from “Hmm, this seems interesting!” to “Genius!” that much faster. One simple way to do this? Vigilance against weak “be” verbs.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for reblogging this, Bren.


    1. Bren says:

      You are welcome.


  2. P.S. I’m the speaker Michelle refers to in her post that you reblogged here. Since you like the tip that she shared about be-verbs, I recommend the book that goes into more detail on this–and many other aspects of powerful writing. It’s called “Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them).” More here: http://howtowriteeverything.com


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