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CRISP. To clean up and tighten your writing Crisping = Cleaning up and tightening your writing courtesy of Dixie Dellinger. C UT WORDS R EDUCE CLAUSES I NTENSIFY VERBS

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Crisp

CRISP

To clean up and tighten your writing

Crisping =

Cleaning up and tightening your writing

courtesy of

Dixie Dellinger


C UT WORDS

R EDUCE CLAUSES

I NTENSIFY VERBS

S HARPEN DICTION

P ACK PHRASES


CUT

WORDS

Cut out every word that can be spared. Get rid of “due to the fact that” and “in order to” and all other wordy constructions

that don’t say anything.


REDUCE

CLAUSES

Almost all clauses can

be reduced in some way –

use appositives or phrases


INTENSIFY

VERBS

Circle verbs and

intensify the weak ones. Eliminate is, was, were and other forms of ‘to be’


SHARPEN

DICTION

Find the very BEST words

For the audience and purpose.


PACK

PHRASES

Move them behind the nouns. Pack this sentence:

“A proposal presented by Derek Bok, the president of Harvard,

was defeated.”


PACK

PHRASES 2

Pack it to “Harvard president Derek Bok’s proposal failed.”


C UT WORDS

R EDUCE CLAUSES

I NTENSIFY VERBS

S HARPEN DICTION

P ACK PHRASES


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