The Perils of Redundancy

Redundancies can make your manuscripts look amateurish and unprofessional. Yet many writers will write with redundancies from time to time if they are not careful and don’t edit their manuscripts carefully. A moment’s inattention to detail will do it.

Redundancy can cause wordiness and a lack of economy in your articles. To be a professional writer, you don’t want to waste your reader’s time by using too many words that either say very little or repeat themselves over and over.

Here are a few reasons why you should avoid redundancy in your manuscripts.

1. The flow will be hindered. When you’re redundant, you will repeat words, phrases, and sometimes whole sentences throughout your article. This hinders flow. In addition, the logic of presenting your topic will also be hindered by repetitions. Therefore, it is important to weed out redundancies from your articles.

2. The article will be clunky. Clunky writing has passive verbs, unnecessary strings of prepositional phrases, run-on sentences, repeat words in close proximity, and repeated words in the same paragraph. There is nothing that screams unpolished and amateur more than clunky articles. So, try to write your articles with the least amount of words and convey your points clearly and economically.

3. Your credibility as a writer may be undermined.  Redundancy in your article says volumes about your ability and professionalism as a writer. When you’re redundant, you are telling the editor or agent that you don’t take extreme care to edit your own work. This will definitely ruin your reputation with publishers.

By avoiding clunky, flowless, and redundant articles, you will be helping yourself by looking like a professional writer when you submit your articles. And you may even be get a lot more acceptances from Editors and Agents.

Irene S. Roth


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