Discovering the Relevance of Words
Is brevity the soul of wit?
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.
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.
God Bless Strunk & White in all their anality.
How many letters? Is it ‘edit’?
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.
not sure about the ‘soul of wit’ bit – but I prefer brevity.
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