How to Edit Like A Boss: Redundancies Weaken Your Story

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Redundant means repetitive, and in writing, it is the unnecessary use of similar words. Do you see the redundancies in the following phrases?⠀ ⠀

-Free gifts⠀⠀ -Slowly crept⠀⠀ -Brief summary⠀⠀ -Jumped quickly⠀⠀ -She loudly slammed the door⠀ ⠀⠀

How many did you catch? Does your rationale align with the answers below?⠀ ⠀⠀

-Free gifts - it's not a gift if it isn't free⠀⠀ -Slowly crept - creeping is a slow action⠀⠀ -Brief summary - it's not a summary if it takes forever⠀⠀ -Jumped quickly - jumping denotes a fast action⠀⠀ -She loudly slammed the door- if someone slams the door, you can guess it will be pretty loud⠀ ⠀⠀

This doesn't mean that ALL redundancies should be removed. But as you review your writing, identify instances where you're telling your reader too much. ⠀⠀ ⠀

Allow the reader to create the experience and don't bog down your story with unnecessary and repetitive words. ⠀⠀

Most readers will readily arrive at an expeditious and quickly summarized conclusion with fewer and lesser words. Oops!! Did you catch all the errors in that sentence?⠀ ⠀⠀

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