vida November 30, 2019
WORD ECONOMY! Say more with Less 101
Word economy is the practice of using fewer words to say more. It means revising your work to eliminate redundant, unnecessary, or weak words and phrases. To make your writing and speaking stronger, clearer.
Once you practice word economy enough, you will teach yourself how to be more clear. So your mental revision process won’t be so daunting and time-consuming.
Where to start?
Begin to train yourself to use fewer and better words by highlight all the verbs. Write out your thoughts or speech. Are the verbs the strongest?
Consider the sentence “The girl sat on the fence”, “perched” is a stronger synonym for “sat.” The girl perched on the fence.
Get rid of any words or phrases that might now be redundant or unnecessary. Replacing the strongest verb can drop the need for 'more' information in a given sentence. Also check for words and phrases you’re saying more than once. What is the most efficient way to say it?