Pruning your prose
Paper running too long? You could comb through it and cut words or sentences.
Or, you can make structural changes to deliver more value per word.
- Section level
- Does the section have a point? If you can't summarize the point in one sentence, chances are it is unclear. And if that's true, the section has irrelevant details.
- If you build up to the main point rather than starting with it, you will likely have a longer section.
- Paragraph level
- Is each paragraph actually making a point? If you're using a paragraph to give the reader information rather than to convince them of something, you are probably including irrelevant details.
- Are you beginning each paragraph with the point you want to convince readers of? If not, you will likely have longer paragraphs.
- Sentence structure
- Is each sentence contributing towards a clear point? If not, why is it there?
You can also check out a related post on when length is not a sign of quality.
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