5 Tips for Decreasing Word Count

by Dr. Punita Rice Academia

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.

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Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.