Have you ever heard anyone make a strong case for the value of inefficiency? Of course not. We all recognize the need to get things done without wasting valuable time and energy, especially when we’re working.

But sometimes efficiency is forgotten because we’re trying so hard to impress others with our writing skills–especially in a police report. The big culprit is usually wordiness. Take a look at this sentence, for example:

 I emphasized to Sparks the vital necessity of removing herself from her apartment for the night.  WORDY

Wouldn’t it be better to simply write something like this?

I told Sparks she should spend the night somewhere else.  BETTER


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