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Why You Should Cut 30%-50% of Your Words When Writing Online

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Get into the meat of your post as quickly as possible.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from publishing 1,700+ stories on the internet is to cut, cut, and cut some more.

  • Cut every word that isn’t absolutely necessary.
  • Make your intro 30% to 50% shorter.
  • Get into the meat of your post as quickly as possible.

As writer Wes Kao recommends:

“Start your story right before you get eaten by the bear🐻.”

Start with the moment a bear nearly turned a friend into a midnight snack!

If I remove the first paragraph of the first draft of my Medium story, the article immediately gets stronger.

On YouTube they say you should cut to the chase otherwise people will stop watching your video, and a dreaded “hockey stick” appears in the stats.

Why not try to cut 30%-50% of your words when writing your next piece of writing?

In my latest Substack newsletter edition you can learn more:

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