Cut it out: On being concise.

Five Paper Lanterns, originally uploaded by rustman.

One of the most difficult things to do, IMHO, is to cut out stuff from a paper or sermon. But cut you must for, as my 10th grade English teacher once said, “Don’t fall in love with your first draft.”

If it doesn’t add to the thrust of the message, cut it out.

Even if you like the way it is worded and even if you spent a long time crafting that section, if it doesn’t add, but rather detracts via distracting, cut it out.

Cut. It. Out.

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