Tightening Up your Prose

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by tfengreen

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by tfengreen

Activity

  1. Read about the Paramedic Method of making your writing more concise (consider searching for a few different examples of the method).
  2. Make a new copy of the current draft of your paper. Get a total word count of your draft (not including end-of-paper citations). Put your “before” word count at the top of the page.
  3. Apply the Paramedic Method to your current draft.
  4. After you’ve applied the Paramedic Method, get a new word count. Put the “after” word count at the top of the page.
  5. At the bottom of your draft, reflect on what you learned about yourself as a writer and as an editor. Reflect on how/why the draft is better (or not)?
  6. Share-out: Copy/paste your reflection below in the comments thread.

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