Be Concise: Use AI to Make Your Writing Succinct

Conciseness: Your Ally in Capturing Reader Interest

In a digital landscape teeming with content, conciseness is your ally in capturing and maintaining reader interest. Verbose content overwhelms and loses readers, while concise articles are more engaging and easier to read, thus leaving a greater impact.

Five Common Causes of Verbose Writing

  1. Redundancy and Repetition
    Repeating the same ideas or phrases in close proximity or scattered throughout a piece.
  2. Overuse of Passive Voice
    Passive constructions often make sentences longer and less direct. Instead of “The experiment was conducted by the team,” a more concise version would be “The team conducted the experiment.”
  3. Over-Explanation and Over-Description
    Providing too much detail or explanation can clutter the writing.
  4. Use of Filler Words and Phrases
    Filler words and phrases, such as “actually,” “basically,” or “in order to,” often don’t add meaning and can be omitted.
  5. Complex and Lengthy Sentence Structures
    Long sentences with numerous clauses and complex structures can make writing less concise and harder to read.

AI Apps: Powerful Tools for Honing Your Writing

Google’s Bard and ChatGPT are generative AI apps that can analyze your writing, identifying and eliminating verbose and redundant passages. Their suggestions can include synonym replacements, sentence restructuring, and eliminating the common issues that make writing less concise, such as the list we covered above.

Using AI to improve conciseness is a simple process:

  • Input your article into the system.
  • Ask the app to review your content and suggest ways to make it more concise.
  • Review and implement suggestions, keeping your vision and message in mind.

Another Approach: Grammarly.com

Grammarly.com is an app that uses AI technology to help users improve their writing. When using this app, you do not need to ask it to review your writing for conciseness; it automatically makes these suggestions. However, Grammarly.com typically applies its analysis and recommendations at the sentence level. While I’ve found its suggestions very helpful, when I need conciseness analysis at the paragraph or article levels, I use ChatGPT or Bard.

In Summary: Benefits of Using AI Apps for Content Conciseness

  • Improved readability: They help you write more concisely, making your articles easier to read and understand.
  • Increased reader engagement: Concise articles are more engaging than verbose ones, keeping readers focused on your main ideas.
  • Elevated impact: Concise articles communicate your message more powerfully and directly, leaving a lasting impression on your readers.

As simple and quick as it is to use these applications to analyze your writing for conciseness, there’s no reason I can think of not to give it a try.


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