Revising for Clarity and Precision: The Paramedic Method

2018-12-01T23:47:04+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Perhaps you’ve been told that your writing is wordy or that your heavy phrasing confuses your reader. Most writers face this problem of “overwriting.”  However, clear sentences are integral to clarity and facilitating your reader’s understanding. To ensure greater readability, try using the Paramedic Method described here. The “Paramedic Method” is an easy, do-it yourself [...]

Revising for Clarity and Precision: The Paramedic Method

2017-02-21T13:59:59+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Perhaps you’ve been told that your writing is wordy or that your heavy phrasing confuses your reader. Most writers face this problem of “overwriting.”  However, clear sentences are integral to clarity and facilitating your reader’s understanding. To ensure greater readability, try using the Paramedic Method described here. The “Paramedic Method” is an easy, do-it yourself [...]

Revising for Coherence

2018-12-01T23:36:20+00:00Tags: , , , , , , |

Readers agree that effective writing proceeds in some sensible order with each sentence following naturally from the one before it. We generally call that “coherence” or the sense that the material is unified. When the material doesn’t feel connected or “whole,” the reader might comment that the organization is “jumpy” or “doesn’t flow well.” The [...]

Trimming the Fat

2018-04-12T16:39:04+00:00Tags: , , , |

The best of my writing is marked by a direct, concise style, and yet I confess that it seldom begins that way. In fact, I tend to “overwrite” as I discover what I want to say.  Early drafts are littered with meandering sentences in which thoughts are linked together with heavy phrasing. And of course, [...]