Are you taking up the challenge to get your writing short and tight? It’s one we are all trying to take up.
Here’s an article that explains the virtue of plain English: Block that adjective! by author Alexander McCall Smith.
Gems to think about include:
- For some people, being able to use all these words is rather like being faced with a chocolate box with multiple layers; the temptation to overindulge is just too great.
- Nobody uses large numbers of adjectives when they think.
- Concise prose knows what it wants to say, and says it.
- If somebody sets out in great detail what is before us, we very quickly become bored. That is not the way we see the world; we look for salience, we look for the feature that will engage our interest.