Cut the waffle

In this week’s top tip, RLF Consultant Fellow Miranda Miller offers a sound piece of advice, drawing on the words of George Orwell. Brevity is important in academic English, and there is no room for unnecessary adjectives or ‘padding words’ that are not essential to what you’re trying to say. Often writers find that their text is over the word count. If that happens to you, check through and cut out all the unnecessary words – you will probably find you can trim 5 or 10 per cent of the word count, making your writing clearer into the bargain.

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