The first steps in writing concisely overall begin as soon as the project starts, when you narrow down your topic to the thesis statement, story you want to tell, or message you need to convey.
Before you even start drafting, you may sketch out ideas, necessary avenues of research, or plot points.
Below are some examples, with clean versions that "tighten" the writing and convey the same information more clearly and concisely: Clear and concise writing saves both the writer and his/her readers a great deal of time (and patience).
It makes the document more "palatable" and straight to the point.
Do you have sections, points, examples, or paragraphs that stray from your topic? Will the reader still understand your point without them? Then decide whether they should become actual cuts." Example: The ability of the different bird species to eat seeds depends on beak style and shape. The beak needs to be powerful enough to break seeds, and those that eat mainly fruit or leaves may not be able to eat seeds due to their types and shapes of beak.
We often meet large-scale cutting with reluctance, so it softens the blow to have a "cuttings" document. The work is still there if you feel later you need some bits of it, but it's not slowing down or cluttering up the paper you're refining. This is where eliminating some tangents before drafting really pays dividends. You can shake out the dead leaves later.• Cut any passage that does not support your focus.• Cut the weakest quotations, anecdotes, and scenes to give greater power to the strongest.• Cut any passage you have written to satisfy a tough teacher or editor rather than the common reader.• Don't invite others to cut. Reworded fix: Whether different bird species can eat seeds depends on their beak style.Organize the best ideas in your outline, cutting some of the unnecessary before you even write a word.This enables you to target your writing and not waste time developing sections that aren't necessary to the goal of the article, essay, report, or story.Less is more, and don't say in three sentences what you can say in one.Take a look at the following paragraph, and note that the words and characters in bold are words and characters that can be easily removed from the text without changing the meaning and flow of the document."She'd fit, for the most part, in a shoebox, so it's hard enough to recall a time when Allison, our Shih Tzu, was noticeably smaller.Embellishing one's work with words can add a literary quality to a text, but trying too hard may be akin to "not seeing the wood because of the trees".Don't pay an excessive amount of attention to unnecessary details.Summarize and paraphrase your research (cite paraphrases) in your own words. When you're satisfied with the draft, take a break. And yes, the break is necessary, because you need to come back to the piece with "fresh eyes" to see what can be cut next. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees.Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages, which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. Only you don’t see them." ("Elie Wiesel: Conversations," edited by Robert Franciosi.The cutting can continue throughout composing the first draft (and beyond).Get through that first draft, composing your main points.