This episode is inspired by a quote from Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, a highly recommended resource for every writer. Here’s the quote:
“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 his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”
A few examples of redundant writing include:
- very unique
- rise up
- past history
- ISBN number
- fiction novel
I share more examples in the episode, as well as a tip on how to
remove, eradicate, and delete them.
If you know of more chief offenders when it comes to redundant writing, post them in the comments on this episode’s show notes at http://www.allapprentices.com/podcast.
- March 22, 2018: Dallas Nonfiction Authors Association One-Year Anniversary
- April 8, 2018: Writing Workshops Dallas: How to Self-Edit Seminar (in-person and live streamed)
- June 22–24, 2018: God’s Whisper Farm Writers’ Retreat