Editing for Concision
Wayne Schiess, Editing for Concision, 95 Mich. B.J. 34 (Dec. 2016)
7 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017
Date Written: December 2016
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
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