This is going to be a short post serving as a reminder to eliminate redundancies. Why should you want to eliminate redundancies in your writing? Well because they are redundant!
Here is a short list I always make sure to cut from my writing:
· He/she thought to him/herself.
If a character is thinking something within the privacy of their mind then no one else can hear it. A thought is a sole experience that only becomes public when spoken aloud, so when a character thinks something you don’t have to add “to him/herself” because that is already made clear.
· Stand/stood (up)
· Sit/sat (down)
· Turned (back, around)
When you make these actions of standing, sitting or turning, it is obvious which direction you are moving and what you are doing. Including "up", "down", "back", "around" is not necessary.
· Low/soft whisper
A whisper is already low/soft. You don’t have to add an adjective to make it clear that someone is whispering. “He/she whispered” makes it clear enough.
· No “exclaimed” with an exclamation mark.
If there is an exclamation mark, readers already know what is being said by the character is being exclaimed or shouted. Leave out “he/she exclaimed” and just end the sentence with an exclamation mark.
There are more redundancies you should eliminate, but these are the most common, as well as the most unnecessary.
SHARE: Help me add to this list of redundancies in the comments.
QUESTION: What redundancies in writing bug you as a reader?