Trim Your Hedges

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Gregory Shipman


No doubt about it, reigny… your words ring true… brevity, my friend, is next to cleanliness… EXCEPT… in dialogue! One must be true to the speaking character. In dialogue most people are brief and cut out many words… HOWEVER… there are some characters who love the sound of their own soundless voices… I do appreciate your essay and agree to its lesson… I shall refer to it when next I pen…

reigny dai


Every situation calls for it’s own way with words. Sometimes characters, fictitious and real are to-the-point people and other times they are l o n g – w i n d e d (politicians). Capturing a realistic tone in dialogue is important and calls for balance–what to keep, what to cut.

Thanks for reading and replying.

Raymond Tobaygo


Good morning, Reigny

What I find when I review are what you call ‘hedge words’. I find two common verbs where it implies the action: knelt down instead of knelt and shrugged her shoulders instead of shrugged,

take care and stay safe,


reigny dai


Good afternoon, Raymond

Excellent examples of extra words. The one I see most is “just”. “I just….” Unless it implies having done something a moment ago, “just” is clutter. However, my biggest pet peeve is “very first.” “My very first date, car, child…” Only one first exists for any situation, so “very” us unnecessary.

Thanks a lot for your remarks.

I shall. You do the same.


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