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Editing for Concision

Wayne Schiess, Editing for Concision, 95 Mich. B.J. 34 (Dec. 2016)

7 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017  

Wayne Schiess

University of Texas School of Law

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

This article from the Michigan Bar Journal Plain Language column offers 14 techniques that can help legal writers retain necessary content but communicate more concisely in writing: assess passive voice, don't fear possessives, remove redundancy, omit needless details, cut throat-clearing phrases, diminish sesquipedalian vocabulary, edit for wordiness, revise unnecessary nominalizations, eliminate excessive prepositions, and more.

Keywords: concision, edit, editing, brevity, short, passive voice, possessive, redundancy, nominalization, preposition, clause

Suggested Citation

Schiess, Wayne, Editing for Concision (December 2016). Wayne Schiess, Editing for Concision, 95 Mich. B.J. 34 (Dec. 2016) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3004643

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