Not to sound self-righteous but it is baffling to hear writers, particularly, from those among us who do it for business, talk about what they do with as much affectation as a Texas minister on Sunday morning! Snobs. Guys, the statement above should put things in perspective. It’s “nothing to crow about” and the point is further magnified if you would read the context under which she delivered that line. She is a woman ahead of her time.
You know how they say “you are what you eat”? Well, I say you write what you read. You’re probably thinking, “Great tip, Captain Obvious” but I doubt people actually digest what this means. Yes, corny pun intended.
Think about it. For someone who writes professionally, I am acutely in tune with my strengths and weaknesses. Sure, I can write pretty much anything the client asks for but some take a little more time and effort than others. And my turnaround time lies greatly on how easily the words flow.
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 sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.