Friday, January 28, 2011

Make every word count

Stephen Wilbers in his work, 'Keys to Great Writing' says: "Get the full value of every word you write. Recognise the power of a single qwell-chosen word.". He says there are 14 ways.

1) Delete redundant modifiers. eg: true fact. end result. new initiatives. repeating again. climb up. completely finish. final outcome. free gift. future plan. refer back. sudden crisis. personal beliefs. present status.
Please, please, please avoid wasting reader's precious time.

2) Delete redundant categories
When a word implies a category, don't write the word and the category.
eg: round in shape( pinnallathe! Nobody writes round in colour). pink in colour.(in shape;-p). period of time. unusual in nature. of a cheap quality. in a confused state. at an early time. hones in character(like me)

3) Replace redundant word pairs with single words Any and all. full and complete. each and every. one and only.

4) Replace wordy expressions with single expressions
Many expressions we meet in everyday  speech should be avoided in writing. Our job is to reduce the number of words and carry across the point. Why do you use 'prior to' when you can write 'before? Due to the fact that...ayyo ... say because. 'A majority of' can be replaced with 'most'. One the grounds that(because). For the reason that(because). in view of the fact that(because) in due course(after) pertaining to (about). in support of (for or of). have the capability of (can). of the opinion that (think that).

So we have learned four different techniques out of the 14, I promised. Try to follow these in your writings. Go through your old writeups and see whether you used some of these phrases and words which do not count or add.

More will this space.

1 comment:

pooja said...

thank you sir....pinne 4 ennam ippo paranjathu sir nerthe no credit for keeping your promise.........we are waiting for more...