Redundancy

The lifeless corpse stood up and wandered aimlessly through the dark night.

The image aside, this sentence is un-publishable; the redundancies within this sentence and others like it are common in writing that will never get past the query stage. Redundancies are tricky because it takes a trained eye to catch some of them, since we speak redundancies all the time:

“Where you at?”

Since only Jennifer Hudson can do redundancy well, the rest of us have to edit it out. My trick to catch redundancies is to think brevity; it’s my mantra when writing and editing. If it can be cut, then I cut it!

-L

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  1. Pingback: Wednesday: A Call to Edit—Redundancies | Cicero Grade

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