Monday, August 24, 2009

Omit needless words



“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.

6 comments:

  1. omg...i had NO idea that your blog played music!!!!
    it does..right??
    all of a sudden music came from your blog this morning!! :~0 wow!! so cool!
    (guess my speakers have been off all the other times!!)

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  2. He wouldn't like my writing then! Verbose is my middle name - why use one word when two will do?! I struggled with the 100,000 word limit on my thesis - what a sad case!

    Pomona x

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  3. Haha! I know what you mean. But I was trained well as a journalist to say in one paragraph what others took a page to say -- it got me more work!
    xox

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  4. I'm working on that!
    BTW...
    I love your new do!

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  5. Anonymous4:20 PM

    ............sound?...what sound? Oh no! My PC has no sound!!!...what delight am I missing out on Colette! What have you been up to now? You serenade us with your lovely words...and as if that wasn't enough...we now have music!

    You never fail to surprise!!!
    Can't catch you in, since you have been sporting this new haircut!Must still be looking cool then!!!

    Anon the Elder....OXOXO
    PS Love the birds...but then............ that's nothing new!!!







    Anon the Elder

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