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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Don't Emulate TV Reporters and Anchors--At Least Not This Way!

Another editing tips from my SharingwithWriters newsletter, just part of my ongoing attack on cliches and wordiness. 

Avoid the b-o-o-o-ring repetitive phrases that politicians and TV media use ad infinitum in your writing. I’m thinking of phrases like “boots on the ground.” I’d really like some plain old English like “We don’t plan to send troops to Mali.”

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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