Friday, May 18, 2012

Get Rid of the Fluff and Flowers

I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.
~Mark Twain

Hmmm... Mark Twain definitely had a way of putting things.  I think I may have been guilty of letting verbosity creep into my writing once or twice... *guilty smile*  This quote is a great reminder to keep it tight.

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