Cut The Fat; Make Your Writing Lean: #Tip 37.

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As writers, we generally share ideas to improve our craft. Here are some ways to trim our writing. Readers will appreciate us removing these common redundancies and flabby expressions.

Depreciate in value:

Can something depreciate in anything other than some form of value? I can’t think of anything, but by all means educate me. e.g. Assets often depreciate in value with the passing of each year. Try: Assets often depreciate with the passing of each year

Reason why:

‘Why’ is unnecessary. e.g. We may never know the reason why bankers were allowed to get away with their cheating and stealing. Try: We may never know the reason bankers were allowed to get away with their cheating and stealing. Or: We may never know why bankers were allowed to get away with their cheating and stealing.

Evolve over time:

Evolution relies on time to operate, so ‘over time’ is redundant. e.g. Monetary systems evolve over time to benefit the most wealthy in society. Try: Monetary systems evolve to benefit the most wealthy in society. Or: Monetary systems evolve to benefit the wealthiest in society.

Reading these posts and nodding sagely won’t necessarily improve your writing. So stay alert to extraneous words that sneak into text, or they’ll slide in unnoticed. Include this check as part of your editing process, and you’ll catch most offenders. Fiction writers know that real people use redundancy and meaningless expressions when talking, so dialogue can be made more natural by occasionally including these.

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