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2 Essential Tips to Move from Too Many Words to Just Right

There are times like today, where I’m working on a submission to a conference,  I suddenly saw (when I checked my word count) I am much more verbose than I realized. Unlike many other conferences, this particular one wants a full narrative essay. So, I’ve been arranging my time and organizing my materials, adding more, and clarifying, expecting that I would need to add, instead of subtract.

Now I’ve realized I’m over the word count. By a lot.

So here’s what I did to get back on track.

2 Essential Tips to Move from Too Many Words to Just Right

1. Allow yourself to be human. Acknowledge, be gentle on yourself, and move on. “Oops, look at that. Time to make a change.”

2. Save all versions of your work on Scrivner, even the part you have to remove for the particular application/proposal at hand.

  • All that hard effort put into writing and adding more information can be used another time. So don’t let it go to waste. My favorite method (discovered when I was putting together my dissertation) is Scrivner. Install Scrivner to copy and paste portions of your work. This will allow you to keep all your varied copies of your work.
  • While I used to use Word, saving a new Word document each time I changed something substantial or when I wanted to save all versions of an abstract, etc. But eventually having many revisions of Word documents became hindering, I often didn’t know which revision included which parts I wanted to recall.

Scrivner organization 2014



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