Five Quick ways to trim Your writing
by John Clayton
Word comes back from your boss on the report you labored over for weeks: “This is good, but it needs to be a lot shorter.” You throw up your hands in frustration. She doesn’t tell you what to cut or how. Your report brings together all the information the committee needs to make a decision on the project. Every section furthers the argument, you say to yourself; there’s nothing extraneous in it.
Similar challenges crop up in many business settings: Say you need to trim a product description to 200 words, squeeze a presentation handout onto one side of one page, or cut the executive summary of a complex, detailed report in half. Here are fve tips for losing length without losing meaning.