• The Art of Editing

    * * * * * I remember finding the copy editing course I took at Towson University grueling. It was a required course during my first master’s program in professional writing. It was tedious and tiring. My eyes grew weary, and eliminating words became a game to me. When the professor told us to get a piece down from 500 to 300 words, we had to do it, and the result had to be better than what we started with that day. Editing is not easy, my friends. It requires us step away a bit and consider the reader more than we consider ourselves and the prose we have written.…

  • 5 Writing Crutches You Can Eliminate for Clarity

    One of my favorite rules from Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style” is this one: OMIT NEEDLESS WORDS. I make it a goal in my writing to say things as succinctly as possible. Mark Twain’s great quote, “If you see an adverb, kill it,” is one of my favorite writing quotes of all time. In order to gain more clarity in your writing, I’ve come up with five things to strike immediately. Your writing will improve for having eliminated these crutches from your work. “Being that.” For example, whenever you write something like this: “Being that I am twenty-five years old, I decided to switch jobs. “Being that” has,…