Brevity


Brevity (the soul of wit) is my favourite principle for good writing. It may seem impossible to, say, arbitrarily cut any one text in half but the challenge of attempting it forces you to consider the importance of every phrase, word, and punctuation mark therein. Do it.


6 comments

  1. I agree. I’m editing out unnecessary words from my book. Like “arbitrarily” isn’t needed. I used too many adverbs ending with “ly.”

    1. Hew says:

      Ditto.

  2. Matías says:

    And the mastery is to achieve insightful brevity without dearth.

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