I highly recommend that you read all three of the resources, listed in this blog post. I believe you can improve your writing 25% by using the information they contain.
Resource 1. It was interesting to read William Noble’s The 28 Biggest Writing Blunders and How to Avoid Them. I discovered another way of dealing with words in my manuscript. I ordered it from the library. The following link is an excerpt from the book:
a. Usually the adjective can stand by itself without the foggy word.
James performed a really kind act. You don’t need really. Kind explains it.
She was hired for a very dangerous job. You don’t need very. Dangerous says it all.
He wore a kind of wet bathing suit. You don’t need kind of. Wet says it all.
b. Search for a verb that has the meaning of the adverb included in it. Many adverbs add a double explanation, when one is enough. You need a clear verb. If you choose a good verb that describes your character’s situation, you won’t need the adverbs.
His teeth chattered quickly. You don’t need quickly. That meaning is included in the definition of the verb. Chattered means to click quickly.
Resource 2. I found the following link on the Broward College website:titled: Wordiness, Part 1, Trim the Fat.
Resource 3. They also have Wordiness Part 2, Foggy Words
The foggy words may have helped you get down your ideas in your first draft. However, when you revise, choose words with clear meaning. Delete or exchange the foggy words.
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