Finding the right words – tips for avoiding reduncies

Food for Thought – Tips for improving your writing

E.B. White (co-writer of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style) says the following about writing

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjectsonly in outline, but that every word tell.”

– WilliamStrunk, Jr., and E. B. White, The Elements of Style

 Avoiding redunancies is one way to improve your writing. For example: 

I thought to myself” – who else could you think to?

 “A baby boy was born” – Let’s hope it was a baby that was born. Try:  A boy was born.

A Pair of twins – twins are already a pair. Try=:  The twins…

 Check out these two resources for more ideas


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