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Section 1.1.3

Conciseness

Learn the strategies of conciseness. Conciseness has a special value in technical fields. Writers areoften tempted to include everything that could be relevant to their subject, rather than merelyeverything that is relevant to the communication task at hand. The concise document is a piece ofwriting that conveys only the needed material.

At the level of the whole document, conciseness is helped most by focus, thenarrowing of document scope to a manageable problem and response. Preparing a clear introductionand developing a detailed outline are two strategies that give youcontrol over document length and scope. Identify and eliminatematerial that is not necessary to support your claims. Look for sections, including appendixes, that are not essential to your work. Graphics are powerful aids to conciseness because they cut down on theamount of prose necessary to describe objects and processes, summarize data, and demonstraterelationships.

Conciseness requires careful revising. Become familiar with thestrategies for reducing wordiness. Look for ways of cutting uselesswords, sentences, and sections from the document.

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