Edit with your ears…or a mirror

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the long-windedest writer of all?  By The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek from Los Angeles, CA, USA (D23 Expo 2011 – mirror, mirror on the wall…) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

That’s a tough way to hold a pencil.

Seriously. Read aloud what you’re writing.

Could you pronounce all the words? Are you gasping for air? Do you look as confused as you sounded?

Be the reader. Feel their pain.

Then, try a few more shorter sentences. Everybody wins.

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