“Write Tight(er)” Presentation


What Attendees Say

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how to write without be-verbs

  • Michelle W: … and then “my inner Marcia kicked in.” More →
  • Amy Brown: “Marcia … argues that wordiness is bad when paying for translation and when people are reading on small screens, but editors everywhere know that concise writing is easier to read and comprehend.” More →
  • Andrew Nhem: “Marcia let us in on her secret list of ‘no-no’ words that we can cut from our documents. That list definitely stuck with me … I believe everyone walked out of [this] talk with a bigger respect for concise writing.” More →
  • OneoftheMichelles: “This is good…esp: ‘Can’t make the instructions concise? Maybe the thing you’re explaining needs to change?’” More →
  • HumbleOnion: “Great presentation … It led me to reexamine my own writing style – highly recommended.” More →
  • Shelly Ericksen, Content Marketing Manager at RMS: “I learned so much from your workshop (case in point: just reduced a document word count by 25%).”
  • Julie Fast: “I’ve been a professional speaker for a long time. In ninety minutes, you’ve changed the way I write.”

Where I’ve Given or Will Give This Talk

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Marcia presenting at the Write the Docs conference just minutes before she and conference organizer Troy Howard burst into a spontaneous rendition of “Oh, the Tech Writer and the Programmer Can Be Frii-eends.”

Video Recording

Eddie VanArsdall | How to write

I simply love Word Up! It gives me ideas about my own direction. Marcia was smart to write it as a series of essays rather than attempting to create a formal style guide. She has a unique voice. I’m glad she let us hear it.
Eddie VanArsdall, author of Content Insomnia blog

Last modified: February 26, 2014

10 thoughts on ““Write Tight(er)” Presentation

  1. Hi Marcia, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation today. I’ve been writing since the early 80′s, but you are the first presenter that I have ever heard convey my own experience. I have to write through a concept to learn it. So, of course, what comes out of my brain first is a “flabby” jumble of words. My favorite part of writing is the editing iterations where I can get rid of unnecessary words, sentences–and yes, even topics! It’s very satisfying to cut text of a new deliverable by a third, isn’t it?

    • Susan, I’m glad you got enough value from our hour together–despite the technical difficulties–to seek out my site and leave this note. Your message does my heart good. Thank you!

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