“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”
― William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style
The process of learning to write that way is a process of learning to think that way, something a word lover finds a bit difficult at times. Oh but when we overcome that little problem the work turns out to be a pleasure to do and a pleasure to read.
I agree. Practice is very important. Writers need to write. I write every day, as much as possible. It is a pleasure when I find my words are flowing out.
Kind of feeling depressed because of other threads, but will submit a writing tip.
Serious, do a word count on one's articles. Did mine years ago; it was appalling. It's actually one of the things Google checks for (no source).
by Kenna McHugh 12 months ago
"A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts." William Strunk, Jr.
by Kenna McHugh 15 months ago
“Never call a stomach a tummy without good reason.” ― William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style
by Andrew Hawkley 10 years ago
People frequently quote unnecessarily on forums in my opinion. It is particularly pointless when you are the first to comment on the original message.
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