I’m reading: The Elements of Style by William Strunk. It’s an easy read, assigned by my professor as a tool for upcoming writing assignments. There are a lot of rules to writing. I break most of them.
Rule #17 Omit needless words.
|Vigorous writing is concise.
A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. William Strunk, Jr. (1869–1946).
Omit needless words? I continue to struggle with that rule…
and a few others.
I’m told to avoid clichés. Period.
Just know that