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Many writers think that the more words they use, the better their writing will be. This is not always true. Sometimes less is really more! In this blog post, we will go over how to maximize your writing skills by using a word limit and why it can be beneficial for you.
In the first paragraph, we will talk about why word limits are important. We will then move on to how you can use and what a good limit might be for your work. The final paragraph will wrap up with some common misconceptions about using a word count or bullet points in your writing.
The benefits of limiting yourself when it comes to words is that you force yourself to get right down to business without any extra fluff! It also helps keep readers interested because they know where they stand-they won’t have long paragraphs of text which turn them off from reading more and may cause confusion as well (especially if there are numbers involved). This means that their attention span isn’t wasted by being bored or confused while trying to read through your content.
Too many words can be distracting as well because readers may not know what they want to find out about and could get lost easily while trying to navigate through the text-especially if there are numbers involved (ie, bullet points). Furthermore, too much of anything will make it seem like you’re just copying and pasting from someone else’s blog post instead of adding your own opinions or knowledge on a topic which is something that we all do–even bloggers! It also takes up more space than necessary for other posts and pages on your website.
A good word limit could be anywhere between 500-800 words depending on who you are writing for. A common misconception is that limiting yourself by using both word count limits in conjunction with other restrictions will make your content seem less valuable because you’re limiting yourself to a certain number of words.
What are some tips on how to keep the word count low?
Use shorter sentences instead of long, run-on ones (provided that this makes sense) – Cut out any unnecessary phrases or clauses that don’t add anything important to the article and can be excised without hurting meaning. Remember–less is most always more! Don’t use too much detail in places where it’s not necessary or if all you need is one sentence for something like “I went outside to get an apple.” This will decrease the number of words needed while still being descriptive enough for readers. That way they’ll know what happened.
The use of short, concise words that are direct and to the point will help with word count. – Use active voice instead of passive when possible for more succinct statements. Passive sentences usually have two clauses: one where someone is being acted upon or doing something to someone else and another clause describing what they did or were done to them. This sentence “The ball was thrown by Tom” could be rewritten as “I threw the ball.”
Avoid unnecessary repetition in your writing–especially if it’s not adding anything new about a subject! If you’re using certain adjectives over again, take out some and see how much shorter your text becomes. For example: Instead of saying “She walked quickly, her heart pounding in fear,” you could write “Her heart pounded in fear as she walked quickly.”
Remove words that are repeated too often. For example, instead of saying “The girl ran across the field” or “She was running fast and hard,” it’s more concise to say “The girl sprinted across the field.”
Avoid using passive voice where possible for greater conciseness. This sentence: “In order to get ahead at work all day long I have been working” can be rewritten as simply “I worked all day long so I could get ahead at work”.
This will allow your readers a much clearer understanding of what is happening without any unnecessary repetition or vagueness about who is doing what to whom.
Streamline your sentences for maximum efficiency by removing unnecessary words and phrases, such as “a tall woman” when you could simply say “a woman.” You’re also able to shorten long sentences with the phrase “here’s an example of a sentence that can be shortened:” followed by the shorter version of the sentence. For example, this sentence: “In order to get ahead at work all day long I have been working on projects in various ways or I am spending time researching new methods for managing my company’s finances.” Could be rewritten as follows: “I’ve been making progress in my career by juggling many different tasks and experimenting with new strategies.”
When you’re editing your work, take a break and read it from the perspective of an actual reader. You’ll be able to see if there’s anything in need of clarification or that can be removed entirely.
Use punctuation wisely – for example, use semicolons instead of commas where appropriate to avoid confusion about which sentence is complete. And when listing items one after another without a conjunction, don’t add extra periods between each item; just end the first sentence with a comma then continue onto the next line with additional information on what needs to be done. For example: “There are three ways I could get this job done by Tuesday.” Here’s how those sentences should appear as individual lists: There are three things I need to do:
Make a list of what needs to be done.
Call my boss and set up a meeting with her on Tuesday morning, so I can review the project plan for this week’s tasks.
Start working through those tasks by Monday night.
Punctuation is important because it helps readers know where sentences start and stop; they also help clarify meaning when there are different ways that words could be read. For example, “He eats ice cream” vs “He ate ice cream.” The first sentence might seem like he was eating something else but in reality he just has an unusual dessert choice! Punctuation makes all the difference here–the reader knows without any ambiguity which one happened in the past.
One of the most common questions I get about punctuation is how to use dashes, those little lines that are either hyphens or double hyphens (–). Dashes can be used for a variety of purposes:
They’re often used in place of commas and parentheses at the end of quotes to show where they stop; this prevents confusion as to whether their content belongs with what came before. For example, “I have two kids” vs “I have–two kids.”
Dashes can also function similarly to colons in places like lists when we want readers’ attention drawn specifically to something within them. For example: “There’s an item on my grocery list that’s not available in my local store, but it’s available at a nearby one–the new fruit and veggie stand.” -Dashes can also be used to show an interruption or pause in the sentence. For example: “I’m sorry, I left my wallet on your counter,” she said with a little laugh before going back into her room for the day. This is just scratching the surface of what dashes are capable of doing! The best thing about them is that they’re flexible enough to fit any situation you might need punctuation for (except where commas would work). You’ll find yourself using different ones all over your writing when you get into how they can pair up with parentheses, colons, semicolons, quotation marks