Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences…― William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style
Many of us writers grew up teething on The Elements of Style and still consider it our bible today. Sometimes, though, it is important to note that the original version of that book was written in 1919– almost a hundred years ago.
Without a doubt, language and writing has changed since then and perhaps more importantly, the medium of writing has expanded in previously unfathomable ways. Could Professor Strunk or E.B. White have imagined such a thing as a blog? [Read more…] about Must We Always ‘Omit Needless Words’?