Avoid wordiness at all times. Proofread thoroughly to weed out unnecessary words. Wordy text can waste your readers’ time (and test their patience), cloud your ideas, and call your credibility into question.
Compare these two sentences. They convey the same information; yet the difference in word use is notable.
- In my opinion, I think the study of Psychology is very fascinating. (12 words)
- Psychology is fascinating. (3 words)
Weed out unnecessary words: I̶n̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶o̶p̶i̶n̶i̶o̶n̶,̶ ̶I̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶k̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶t̶u̶d̶y̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶ Psychology is v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶ fascinating.
- In my opinion and I think are assumed.
- Psychology is a field of study, so the study of is redundant.
- Fascinating can be defined as very interesting, so adding very is unnecessary.
Eliminate non-essential words:
- Mark essential words;
- Look at remaining words;
- Decide which of these are unneeded;
- Delete them.
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
(7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000