Be a Better Writer – Use Less Words

Most of us are not a potential Twain or a Hemingway…

But there are a few simple things you can do that will make your writing better!

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Become a Better Writer – Use Less Words

It is now over 20 years since I first started writing and publishing content online.

In this time, both my writing my writing style and competency has improved.

Practice anything long enough and you will develop some level of proficiency.

I have shared a few of the things I have learned previously at IncomeDiary.com

If I could only share one of the things I have learned, then it would be this…

Less words is best!

When I first started out I used far more words than is necessary in my writing.

The most over used of these unnecessary words was “very”.

I liked to put ‘very’ in front of everything!

It added nothing and most times my long-winded wordiness made my writing more difficult to follow.

Avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.

~ N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

Mark Twain said it best:

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Most times, using words like “very” or “really” in a sentence means you are using two words when one would do.

=> 20 better words to use instead of very

=> “Very” and Other Useless Words to Erase Forever

There was plenty of similar unnecessary words I could add but that is not the point of this blog post.

My point is – if you want to be a better writer then you need to…

Edit Ruthlessly

The best writers say the most with the least words.

They capture your attention in a few short sentences.

And in today’s Social Media world it is more important than ever to capture attention in the shortest time scale (reading time)

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The best writers create intrigue, get attention and inspire – in the least number of words.

Don’t judge your blog post or article by the number of words you have written…

Judge it by the IMPACT and POWER those words deliver.

That is my goal with all my writing – and it should be yours too.

Final thought…

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King

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