While this article is angled more for copywriters, the points are well worth thinking about as it pertains to fiction. There's advice out there about trimming out all instances of certain words (adverbs or dialog tags anyone?) but those words really depend on the context of the sentence and the goal of the writer.
"Necessary" words can be one that you technically don't need to make the sentence understandable.
What do you guys think? What "unnecessary" words do you find make your writing better?
Here’s How Brevity Can Crush Your Copy
We tell you the importance of tight editing all the time.
We tell you lean writing is powerful and effective.
We tell you it just plain works better.
Except when it doesn’t.
Consider these common terms:
- An “ATM machine” is an automatic teller machine machine.
- The “HIV virus” is the human immunodeficiency virus virus.
- A “PIN number” is a personal identification number number.
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