Cutting Your Prose

Cutting Your Prose

Embed this video

Transcription

Hi. I’m Adrienne Christiansen of Political Science, and I’m here at my home in Northern Minnesota in order to make a point on why you must cut unnecessary words from your prose. Students often don’t want to revise their work because doing so would require them to cut words they have already written, or some students believe that more words are better words. But it’s not true. If you allow your paragraphs to have to many ideas, you risk choking out all of the things that you want to say, just like these beautiful pines here. There are eight of them in an area one yard square. Sometimes you use a different tool and simply transplant from one idea in a paragraph to another. And in other cases, you’re going to have to have to cut altogether. Cut unnecessary words, transplant ideas into different paragraphs, and do so in order to allow the most healthy of your ideas to flourish. Good luck, and write well.