As Arthur Plotnik once said, "We edit to let the fire show through the smoke." And nothing causes as much irritating smoke as redundant modifiers, pompous language, lethargic nouns and verbs, and idle clutter. Learn and practise some key strategies for combatting wordiness so you can express yourself with clarity and sparkle. Make your readers happy by writing less and meaning more.
When readers are confronted with wordy and inflated prose, they can easily miss or misinterpret the author's message—or they may give up reading the document altogether. As editors, one of our tasks is to ensure that authors write with clarity and precision instead of wandering into verbal "swamps." In this two-part webinar, you'll learn how to identify and correct wordiness, repetition, inflated language, and weasel words. You'll also become familiar with the key components of plain language, good paragraphing, and bias-free writing.