How to Keep it Concise




Writing for an academic paper is different from creative writing. 

For one thing, the writing style in an academic writing is mostly formal, stilted and you've got to admit in most cases, boring. 

In an academic writing, you are strongly urged to use the active voice to convey your arguments or findings. 

And when it comes to academic writing, you should cut down on the use of unnecessary words as much as you can.

So, chop, chop! Cut down on those words, will you?

But how to keep it brief, concise, and direct to the point?

Let's see some examples, shall we?

1.)  a. The 
goal of the organization is to provide assistance to the financially challenged. [13]
      b. The organization's goal is to help the poor. [8]

2.)  a. He is confident that the theory will be 
put to the test. [12]
      b. He is confident that the theory will be tested. [9]

3.)  a. You can find the 
list of names of the players put up on the notice board. [16]
      b. You can find the players' name list posted on the notice board. [12]

4.)  a. You should not leave a trauma patient 
alone without attention. [10]
      b. You should not leave a trauma patient unattended. [8]


As can be seen from the above examples, it is not that difficult to keep your writing 
short and sweet. What you need is some technical know-how on how to go about it.

Why don't you give it a try?