I thought I wrote concisely, but Zinsser is a master. Chapter 3 of “On Writing Well” is about trimming words that aren’t doing any work.

Zinsser says: “If you might add, add it. If it should be pointed out, point it out. If it is interesting to note, make it interesting…”

Words to live by, or at least write by. It’s harder than it sounds, though.

Can anyone trim this entry?

0 Responses to Concision

  1. janejaelee 10 October, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Here’s something interesting: your life told in six words. NPR wrote about SMITH magazine and how they solicited six word distillations of peoples’ lives.

  2. Keith R 10 October, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Be sure to check out my 1000+ word post that immediately follows.

    Concision is not, yet, my strong suit.

  3. nadiadrake 14 October, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    clever. [ ;-) ]

    six-word autobios are fun and challenging.

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