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Writer’s Tip #38: Delete Repetitive Redundancies

writers resourcesWhen you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: Delete RedundanciesYou’re on a roll. You’re impressed with your ability to string two, or ten words together. You figure more is better.

Wrong. Get rid of redundant words. Here’s what I mean:

  • Past history–what other kind of history is there?
  • sky above–can the sky be below?
  • continued on–can you continue any other way?
  • hung down–hung up? Not the same thing
  • roof over her head–otherwise it’s a floor (below her feet)
  • whispered softly
  • tall skyscrapers
  • end result
  • alternative choice
  • mix together
  • qualified expert
  • close proximity
  • red in color
  • small in size

I think you get the idea.

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2 thoughts on “Writer’s Tip #38: Delete Repetitive Redundancies

    • They are obvious, aren’t they? Mistakes I the honed pro would never make! Yet, there it is, sitting in the middle of one of my carefully-crafted sentences, like a violin in a marching band. Oh well…

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