Verbosely: 3 Quick Tips for When Your Writing Is Too Long

  1. Start with the paragraph with the shortest final line. The shorter the final line of a paragraph, the less editing you need to do to remove an entire line of space from your text.
  2. While “38 percent” almost always looks more polished than “38%,” I’d suggest using the latter when five minutes is the difference between “Submitted” and “Late.”
  3. If I’m almost out of time to cut down a grant application, or any piece of writing, my last resort is axing the adverbs. Do a search with Ctrl+F for “ly,” delete the offending terms, and you’ve cut out a significant amount of fluff that did not need to be there.
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