When it comes to writing good online content, economy is essential. However, often we are tempted to expand the writing, especially if dealing with complex topics. Learning to trim your content is important.
Controlling your Introduction
Most online users look at websites intending to learn something. As such, you should not dance around a subject. Get straight to the heart of the matter. Introduce the topic, then get on with talking about the more important parts of the subject.
Try to start with something eye-
Keeping it to a Minimum
As you would with your writing keep the wording minimalistic! Omit needless words. Wherever possible cut words out; as long as it doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence. And, if you can use one word instead of two? Do so.
For example, consider the following sentence:
“It’s then I see him — a really tallish, dark-
So, what can we cut from this sentence?
Let’s start with, “It’s.” In this instance, this opening word isn’t necessary so delete it.
Now we’ll go with the words, “really tallish.” This isn’t particularly descriptive. (Like our Mentors, ProWritingAid loathes the word “really.”) Try to use something different or, delete the word altogether.
Look at the description of what the man is wearing. Perhaps there is a better way to describe it, eg ‘He’s dressed in navy-
The description of his expression is quite extensive but could still be reduced. Try -
Having deleted the last sentence, we have been able to incorporate it into another sentence, thus tying the whole description of the man together.
The resulting sentence is: “Then I see him. A tallish, dark-
Same sentence, with fewer words but with a more defined meaning.
If you need help in omitting needless words, consider an app that can find them for you. There are a few such as ProWritingAid, Grammarly, or Scrivener. These can be a huge help when it comes to editing your work.
Watch the Word Count
Online content should probably range between 300 and 700 words, and take only about five to seven minutes to read. If that sounds like a short amount of time, it is. Not that you can’t write longer posts, it’s just that the longer the post, the less likely readers are to finish it.
Try to have a word goal for your online content. For this topic, we envisioned writing about 575-
Try to use these tips to help trim your online content. Be brief and concise. But, above all, enjoy the results!
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