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Drafting

6.6 Meeting the Minimum Word Count

If you are having trouble meeting the minimum page length, look over your paper again and see if you can find spots that could use additional detail. Also, look at your assignment sheet again to see if you met the assignment’s requirements. It is okay to add more detail to certain sections; for instance, is “a blue car” sufficient, or would “a 2007 Vista Blue Ford Mustang” work better? But be careful not to make your paper too wordy. Remember that quality is more important than quantity. Just adding needless words to add to the word count keeps you from actually developing your ideas and strengthening the content of the paper.

Also see Generating Ideas in the Drafting section of this book.

 

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