Thursday, April 03, 2008

Vigorous Writing is Concise

He wrote.

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 sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

William Strunk, Jr., The Elements of Style, p. 31.


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