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?
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