It is important to write tight. Translation? It means to use fewer words to convey the same meaning. It is an important detail in editing a manuscript.
Teresa shrugged her shoulders. Not wrong, but if we want to use the fewest number of words, we write: Teresa shrugged. No one would think she maneuvered her toes.
Another is stood up. Except for the military order of “Stand down,” we don’t need to give directions for standing. Click here to learn more.