ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Brevity is soul and wit of writing

Updated on June 25, 2016
Source

An unwise sentence blurted out nonchalantly affords meaningless conclusion. Therefore people endowing sanity of dimensional values do not accommodate to anything of negative influence. Rather, they advise using words carrying weight of didactic values.

Why?

Because the sane words afford logical conclusion of a subject in discussion.

This is what I believe about brevity in writing. I think brief writing underscores sanity in your creative expression. It delineates sense of logic. It helps your readers get through your message.

I concur, writing must have element of sagacity reflective through concise, optimally-chosen words and standard sentences. Fact is a writing of such nature unfolds etiquette, sweetness and knowledge. People rejoice at sheer gravity of awesomeness of brief writing.

As an avid admirer of brevity, here I am advocating significance of abbreviated writing style.

  • Shortened writing affords comprehension, an asset of any writing if you ask me.
  • Make it sound pleasing to read out.
  • Kids adore writing sugarcoated by brief and fascinating fairy tale with relevant pictures.
  • Those (helplessly) susceptible to grammatical mistakes enjoy immunity from such embarrassing menace if they follow short and cut to the point style of writing. To my observation, sentences of unrequired length often commit grammatical suicide. Shorter the sentence, better the presentation.

People these days surface-skim web content. Sentences of unneeded extent, for them, are visibly uninteresting. As a result, web page of your blog receives poor traffic counts. Brevity is recommended as one of the remedial solutions to traffic downslide.

Brief writing benefits -

Brief writing affords many excellent benefits, including making your stuff more pleasing to read.
Brief writing affords many excellent benefits, including making your stuff more pleasing to read.

What is ideal length of brief writing?

Write sentence in less than 15 words.

What if I can’t externalize my copious thoughts through brief writing? What if it constricts the expanse of my creative expressions?

To my experience as a writer, I recommend not to abbreviate your writing in the first place.

Keep your manuscript as bloated as you possibly can lest you miss capturing all your important (or even secondary) thoughts.

Figuratively, the feeling is like plunging into swimming pool; going to its underneath world nosing down to its bottom like an airborne Cessna dividing down to surface landing. Once the crave for going deeper is satisfied, you pop your head out of the water.

That’s drafting first manuscript all about!

Once you’re done with it, fine-tune it by pruning or cutting out the unneeded words, parts or useless syntax. Keep pruning till your draft converts into a final manuscript ready for publication on the web.

Suggestion:

Don’t prune hard enough. Too much scissoring of a long ribbon will leave in your hand the tinniest fabric of the cloth, useless for any purpose. Get the drift.

Creative expression will not be constricted through concise writing. As suggested, draft your first manuscript by squeezing every bit of your expansive imagination. Let the manuscript be long-winded. Finished, you can then start editing your written stuff. I must confess, editing is the hardest part I find in my writing. Read out your drafts and take down whatever words or sentences that may sound unfitting. Now publish the edited and complete write-up.

Words of caution:

I believe realistic style of writing, something prompting readers stick to the ground. I abhor writing of suggestively fantasy nature, something that drives readers into the whirlwind of mystique fantasy. For instance, a writing covering medical safety tips for panic attack sounds funny when it suddenly talks about life after death, considering one of the symptoms of the psychological disorder (abnormal heartbeat).

I humbly suggest mind over CHOICE OF WORDS. I have read many articles and blogs in which their writers/bloggers used many words wrongly modified by adverb.

For example, do not write – he ran very fast.

Run is after all RUN, there is always fastness in it.

Similarly, avoid this sentence – he was walking slowly.

Walk is walk and the gait of a person walking is usually slow. Have you seen anyone walking fast? Therefore, using ‘slowly’ is ludicrous.

At last, I am not suggesting my readers to abandon or compromise on their creativity in writing because of the COMPULSION of maintaining brevity. In fact, creative content writing is an art and it therefore should not be compromised based on suggestions telling you how to your writing.

What I mean to say is- just as too many brush-strokes can disfigure a beautiful painting; using too many words can render similar damage to your writing as well.

Will you risk disfiguring your creativity just because you thought it wise in the first place?

My last suggestion – even if you’re done with editing and your manuscript is live on your blog, do not forget occasional reviewing of your “published” content. Also, do not write and edit simultaneously. They usually do not go hand in hand. It will slow down progress of writing an incredible piece. I think editing your draft (if it is too lengthy) one day later will help you tight many loopholes plus reframing many sentences by their relevant substitutions.

Let me conclude with this endnote – brevity is wit and soul of writing. It induces sweetness and readability of your creative stuff. It keeps your readers engaged, thus yielding more retention rate on your website.

I am not trying to promise moon with this suggestion, considering many write-ups fail to earn expected viewership and ranking in search engines despite their brevity. That’s because brevity alone can’t succeed your content marketing. You need to festoon your write-up with relevant images and sources (if you are making any claim).

Brevity works better in terms of helping your readers understand your say easily. If certain words are difficult to read or make out, remove them from your manuscript, or bracket the words with their understandable synonym.

Doing so will fine-tune your writing.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jhapawan profile imageAUTHOR

      Pawan Kumar Jha Writer 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback. I believe brevity must be one of the priorities for every writer as I have seen the value it renders to a writing.

    • lions44 profile image

      CJ Kelly 

      2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Great advice. I preach to other hubbers the same thing. Sharing everywhere.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)