The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD- Omit Needless Words?

Is brevity the soul of wit?


About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

6 comments on “QOTD- Omit Needless Words?

  1. alise
    July 18, 2013

    yes, every word is important. run on sentences and long winded statements have their time and place for emphasis, but used too much in a piece and you sound like a pretentious asshole who just picked up some new vocab.

  2. Christopher Margolin
    July 18, 2013

    I have “Rule #13” tattooed on the inside of my left wrist as a constant reminder to “omit needless words.” It applies to both writing, and life. Sometimes things are better left unsaid.

  3. The Running Son
    July 18, 2013

    God Bless Strunk & White in all their anality.

  4. Doran Simmons
    July 18, 2013

    How many letters? Is it ‘edit’?

  5. Danny Bradbury
    July 18, 2013

    Brevity is only important if a writer’s story is good but his style is crap. If one sentence will suffice where he has two and they are both bland, he should cut one. If a writer has fantastic style, though, I’d happily read two or more sentences just for the flair where one would suffice to get the point across.

  6. kiwiskan
    July 18, 2013

    not sure about the ‘soul of wit’ bit – but I prefer brevity.

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