Ditch these superfluous lead-in phrases

Needless introductory verbiage just wastes time—the reader’s and your own. Save yourself the keystrokes, and say what you mean to say.

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We are rerunning the most-viewed articles of 2019. This was one of the top five most-popular writing and editing articles of the year.

Many writers don’t get to the damn point.

Instead, they galumph along, adding meaningless keystrokes, padding their prose.

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