Quick sort of tutorial here. I wonder if people use the same tricks and/or if they have other methods of making their sentences less wordy. I am not sure if this has been posted before (I did look) but I find that I sometimes use describing words that are inherent to the thing that I am trying to describe. I am pretty sure there is a nice, English, word for the phenomenon, I know there is one in Dutch, but I wouldn’t know what that would be. Regardless, I think that getting rid of those words makes sentences more snappy. Here is an example from my own writing: A small puff of thin particles covered his sight before they slowly dissipated into the air. A more simple example would be: The green grass. The blue sky. Another method to make sentences snappier is to move them from the passive voice into the active voice. A lot of you probably already know how to do this but I might as well post an example whilst I am at it: I could feel the rubber ball hitting me. Passive voice. The ball hit me. Basically what you do is you place the subject (the ball) at the beginning of the sentence. It’s one of those guidelines I try to stick to (I know I can’t possible follow all the millions of writing ‘rules’). I do find however that overusing the active voice makes it too short and snappy so adding a passive voice or a general description here and there helps keep a nice flow.