6 exercises to help you write concise copy

Putting specific limits on the type or number of words you use will help you keep your writing crisp and bright.

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I place a lot of emphasis on the art of writing concise copy. In another post I explained how to edit an article for brevity. In other words, I made the practice part of the workflow.

Now, I want you to step off the playing field and onto the practice field. We know the secret to going from good to great involves feedback, but it also involves deliberate, purposeful practice.

That’s what these six exercises are all about. Deliberate, purposeful practice.

1. Describe a broad or complicated subject in 100 words or fewer.

Think quantum mechanics. History of Western civilization. Choose a subject you love. One you know well. Could be a current event with lots of twists and turns. If you are at a loss for topics, search the front page of Wikipedia.

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