Reducing Long-Winded Phrases

Long-winded phrases should be avoided when you’re writing a story.

Why?
The answer is simple: It can be expressed in a shorter form without losing its meaning and it will improve the pace of the storyline/s.

Examples of Long-Winded Phrases and Their Shorter Alternatives:

A group of 15 people…                    >> 15 people
A large number of…                         >> Many
A multiple number of…                    >> Many…
A number…                                      >> Several, some…
Apart from the fact that…                 >> But, except
A plethora of…                                   >> Many
Appeared on the scene…                 >> Appeared, arrived
As a consequence of…                     >> Because of…
At the time of…                                   >> Now, at present..
At this moment…                               >> Now, at present…
Became aware of…                            >> Learned, found out…
Because of the fact that…                 >> Because
Broke down and cried…                    >> Cried, wept, sobbed…
Due to the fact…                                 >> Because
Each and every…                               >> Each
Face up to…                                        >> Face
Few in number…                                 >> Few
Fill up…                                               >> Fill
In addition to which…                         >> Besides
In all probability…                                >> Probably
In close proximity to…                        >> Near…
In connection with…                            >> About…
In less than no time…                          >> Soon, quickly…
In spite of the fact that…                      >> Although, even though…
In the neighbourhood of…                   >> Near, about
In the recent past…                              >> Recently
Large amount of…                                >> A lot, plenty of, much…
Made an apology…                                >> Apologise/d
Of the opinion that…                             >> Think, believe…
On a temporary basis…                       >> Temporary, Temporarily…
Provide a contribution…                       >> Help…
There can be little doubt that…            >> Clearly…
With the exception of…                         >> Except…
Worst-case scenario…                         >> At worst

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