Flabby writing? Try these 7 tips for toning and trimming text

Editing makes the difference between fluid, easily digestible content and an arduous slog for your readers. Consider these tactics next time you edit other’s copy—or your own.

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Toning flabby writing

Some days you flex your writing muscles. Other days, red pen in hand, you’re trimming and toning flabby writing.

That entails reviewing a document for typos, jargon, wayward punctuation, grammatical errors, passive voice and other flaws and encumbrances that stop readers in their tracks.

To trim and tone flabby writing, try these seven tips:

1. Reduce wordiness.

2. Trade long, multisyllable words for short ones.

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