5 Tips for Decreasing Word Count

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5 Tips for Decreasing Word Count

With some of my final papers for the summer term due in the next week, I figured this might be a good time to share some basic tips for decreasing word count. In the past, I’ve written papers, thought I was pretty much done, and then checked word count and realized I was 500 words over the limit.

Like so many others in the same position, I’ve found myself desperately googling “decreasing word count” to find tips for whittling down my writing, and for some reason, all of these articles I’d find would themselves be extremely wordy, and would all seem to offer the same information in scary lists of 50 or more time-consuming strategies for decreasing word count. Those 50+ tips can be boiled down to “5 Basics of Decreasing Word Count” — read the whole post here.