Trimming the Fat

Before going on Scri­bophile, the last peo­ple to read any­thing I put effort into writ­ing were col­lege pro­fes­sors. As a Com­put­er Sci­ence major, every paper I wrote was for a gen­er­al edu­ca­tion course, and most of those pro­fes­sors didn’t both­er read­ing papers thor­ough­ly. One pro­fes­sor even shared, open­ly, that he grades entire­ly based on length. End result: I have a bad ten­den­cy to be over­ly ver­bose when I write. The pro­fes­sor who grad­ed based on length got papers that includ­ed dis­cus­sions on video games, dogs, and snack foods, despite teach­ing Anthropology.

Because of this, one of the best things I get out of cri­tiques are places I can remove words and even entire para­graphs. Even when I think I have a great piece of writ­ing (well, great for me, which is a low bar), there are things that can be removed. From a recent piece I posted:

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Trim­ming the Fat”