Edit for Brevity

Turbocharge your prose by engaging in these stylistic strategies to promote brevity, an element of style.

Edit for Brevity provides a number of strategies you can employ to make your prose more understandable and persuasive.


As explained at Brevity, texts that are prized for conciseness tend to have the following stylistic attributes:

  • Be Specific
  • Be Active
  • Don’t Just Be. Do!
  • Use Verbs Rather than Nominalizations
  • Be Positive
  • Avoid Unnecessary Repetition
  • Eliminate Redundant Phrases.

Hence, once you are prepared to edit your document, you can edit for brevity by

  1. working through your text, line-by-line, word-by-word while evaluating the presence or absence of these stylistics attributes in your text.