Weed Your Writing

dogHave you ever noticed that extraneous words crop up like weeds as you write? It’s a common phenomenon among writers. Here’s an example:

Her intuitive powers seem to fail when it matters most: when it comes to a guy she finds physically attractive.

Three of the words in this sentence, “it,” “comes,” and “to” are clutter. After weeding and rearranging a couple words, the sentence looks like this:

Her intuitive powers seem to fail when it matters most: when she finds a guy physically attractive.

To prevent weedy writing, review your drafts carefully, delete any words that don’t serve a useful purpose, and move words around as needed.

Cheers,

Tara Treasurefield

Treasurefield Communications

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