Getting Rid of Useless Parts

Parts that don’t serve a purpose may represent an 1) example that really doesn’t connect to the overall theme of your paper; 2) an incorporated quote that is out of context, one that has no real bearing on the subject matter; 3) wording that needs rephrasing or deleting altogether; 4) repetition; and/or 5) an overdependence upon quotes.

When you approach your paper with the purpose of deleting the excess, you must approach it in the same way as you do your laundry.  You know what’s dirty and you know what’s clean. You can see the dirt on the blouse or the pants. Sometimes the dirt within the paper may represent simple syntax problems, incomplete sentence structures, and related grammatical issues. Separating the useless from the useful is easy in this regard.

However, when you can’t see the dirt, when you can’t see that you have flooded your paper with quotes and that it also lacks analysis, then you have to begin the winnowing process.

This quick-reference topic falls under the comment “Winnow, Winnow, Winnow.” To read the full post, click here.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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