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Vigorous writing is concise


“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. (1869-1935)

 

One comment on “Vigorous writing is concise

  1. Something that I learned in journalism school, and something that I harp on with my college freshman English students. I’m sure they get tired of hearing it!

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